Come Let Us Sing the Song of Songs

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Come let us sing the song of songs,
The song which saints in glory sing;
The homage which to Christ belongs,
To-day let babes and sucklings bring.

Youth in its prime, and failing Age,
With hearts and voices swell the strain,
To cheer their steps on pilgrimage,
"Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain!"

Slain to redeem us by His blood,
To cleanse from every sinful stain,
And make us kings and priests to God,
"Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain!"

To Him who suffer'd on the tree,
Our souls at His soul's price to gain,
Blessing, and praise, and glory be:
"Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain!"

To Him, enthroned by filial right,
All power in heaven and earth pertain,
Honour, and majesty, and might:
"Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain!"

Come, Holy Spirit, from on high,
Our faith, our hope, our love sustain,
Living to sing, and dying cry,
"Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain!"

Yea, in eternity of bliss,
If call'd through grace with Him to reign,
Our song--our song of songs, be this,
"Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain!"

Sacred Poems and Hymns, 1854

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: Come let us sing the song of songs
Title: Come Let Us Sing the Song of Songs
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Come, let us sing the song of songs. J. Montgomery. [Praise.] According to the M. MSS. this hymn was written in 1841. It was published in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 89, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. Although but little known in Great Britain, it is somewhat extensively used in America. As altered in the People's Hymnal, 1867, it has passed into the Churchman's Altar Manual, 1882, and others.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Come, let us sing the song of songs, p. 249, i. This was printed in the Sunday School Teachers' Magazine for May, 1841, p. 351, as one of the "Original Hymns for the Sheffield S. S. Union Festival, Whitsunday, May 31, 1841." [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



Dmitri Stephanovich Bortnianski (b. Gloukoff, Ukraine, 1751; d. St. Petersburg, Russia, 1825) was a Russian composer of church music, operas, and instrumental music. His tune ST. PETERSBURG (also known as RUSSIAN HYMN) was first published in J. H. Tscherlitzky's Choralbuch (1825). The tune is suppo…

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First published anonymously in Henry Boyd's Select Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1793), DUKE STREET was credited to John Hatton (b. Warrington, England, c. 1710; d, St. Helen's, Lancaster, England, 1793) in William Dixon's Euphonia (1805). Virtually nothing is known about Hatton, its composer,…

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