Scripture Verse

The Lord redeems the soul of His servants. Psalm 34:22


James Montgomery (1771–1854)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: James Mont­go­me­ry, The Chris­tian Psalm­ist (Glas­gow, Scot­land: Chal­mers & Col­lins, 1825), num­ber 504. The soul.

Music: Bur­ling­ton John F. Bur­rowes, 1830 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bur­rowes (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


What is the thing of great­est price,
The whole cre­ation round?
That which was lost in pa­ra­dise,
That which in Christ is found:

The soul of man, Je­ho­vah’s breath!
That keeps two worlds at strife:
Hell moves be­neath to work its death,
Heav’n stoops to give it life.

God, to re­claim it, did not spare
His well-belovèd Son;
Jesus, to save it, deigned to bear
The sins of all in One.

The Ho­ly Spir­it sealed the plan,
And pledged the blood di­vine,
To ran­som every soul of man;
That price was paid for mine.

And is this trea­sure borne be­low,
In earth­en ves­sels frail?
Can none its ut­most value know,
Till flesh and spir­it fail?

Then let us ga­ther round the cross,
That know­ledge to ob­tain;
Not by the soul’s eter­nal loss;
But ev­er­last­ing gain.