O Spirit of the living God

O Spirit of the living God. James Montgomery* (1771-1854). Written for a meeting of the Auxiliary Missionary Society for the West Riding of Yorkshire held at Salem Chapel [Congregational], Leeds, on 4 June 1823, and printed on a leaflet. The ‘Auxiliary’ societies were supporting branches of the London Missionary Society, an organisation supported chiefly by Congregationalists. It was printed in the Evangelical Magazine (August 1823), and, with revisions, in The Christian Psalmist (1825) under the title ‘The Spirit accompanying the Word of God’. Erik Routley* said that ‘there never was so much sound doctrine packed into a missionary hymn’ as in this one, and that of all Montgomery’s hymns...

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