James Montgomery 1771-1854
James Montgomery was a journalist in London who was imprisoned twice for his controversial editorials regarding the poor and foreign missionaries.
This hymn reminds us not only of the Gospel accounts of Jesus’s birth but of Old Testament prophecies regarding the Messiah as “the desire of nations”. It also reminds us of the hope we have when, “Suddenly the Lord descending in His temple shall appear.”
Have you ever considered the glorious HOPE we have in the words of this great hymn?
Angels from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o’er all the earth; Ye who sang creation’s story Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.
- Refrain: Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ, the newborn King.
Shepherds, in the field abiding, Watching o’er your flocks by night, God with us is now residing; Yonder shines the infant light:
Sages, leave your contemplations, Brighter visions beam afar; Seek the great Desire of nations; Ye have seen His natal star.
Saints, before the altar bending, Watching long in hope and fear; Suddenly the Lord, descending, In His temple shall appear.
Sinners, wrung with true repentance, Doomed for guilt to endless pains, Justice now revokes the sentence, Mercy calls you; break your chains.