Come, let us sing the song of songs (1)

Come, let us sing the song of songs. James Montgomery* (1771-1854).  This was written for the Sheffield Sunday School Whitsun Festival, May 1841. It was later published in Montgomery’s Original Hymns (1853), where it was Hymn LXXXIX, entitled ‘The Song of Songs’. The title comes from The Song of Solomon, which opens with the words ‘The song of songs, which is Solomon’s.’ Montgomery daringly takes the phrase and uses it to mean ‘the song that is the song of all songs’ (cf. ‘the Holy of Holies’). The song that the children sing at their Festival is to be ‘Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain’ (from Revelation 5: 12), the line that ends every stanza except the first in 1853 (but see below):...

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