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This is the day the Lord hath made

This is the day the Lord hath made, Let young and old rejoice

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 10 hymnals

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This is the day the Lord hath made,
Let young and old rejoice;
To Him be vows and homage paid,
Whose service is our choice.

This is the temple of the Lord,
How dreadful is this place!
With meekness let us hear His word,
With reverence seek His face.

This is the homage He requires,--
The voice of praise and prayer,
The soul's affections, hopes, desires,
Ourselves and all we are.

While rich and poor for mercy call,
Propitious from the skies,
The Lord, the Maker of them all,
Accepts the sacrifice.

Well-pleased through Jesus Christ His Son,
From sin he grants release;
According to their faith 'tis done,
He bids them go in peace.

Source: Sacred Poems and Hymns #95

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

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First Line: This is the day the Lord hath made, Let young and old rejoice
Title: This is the day the Lord hath made
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


This is the day the Lord hath made, Let young and old rejoice. J. Montgomery. [Sunday.] Written for the Sheffield Red Hill Sunday School Anniversary, held on March 26, 1820, and printed on a fly sheet for that occasion. It was repeated in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 467; and again in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 95, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. Its use is limited.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 10 of 10)
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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #327

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A Collection of Sacred Song #9(H31)

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A Collection of Sacred Song #9(H31)

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Hymns of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, as authorized by the General Convention #31

Hymns suited to the Feasts and Fasts of the Church and Other Occasions of Public Worship ... approved by the Convention of 1826 #d169

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Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship #532


Sacred Poems and Hymns #95

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Selections from the Psalms of David in Metre #H31

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Social Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #364

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The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #655

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