Come let us sing the song of songs

Come let us sing the song of songs.  James Montgomery* (1771-1854). According to the Cyber Hymnal this was written in 1841 for the Sheffield Sunday School Union Festival on Whitsunday, 31 May, and published in the Sunday School Teachers’ Magazine in the same month. It had seven 4-line stanzas, each of which, except the first, ends with the quotation based on Revelation 5: 12: ‘Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain’. As JJ noted before 1892 (p. 249), the hymn was used much more extensively in America than in Britain. This pattern has continued. It was published in Montgomery’s Original Hymns for Public, Private, and Social Devotion (1853), but its widespread use dates from its publication in...

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