Scripture Verse

Declare His glory among the heathen; His marvelous works among all nations. 1 Chronicles 16:24


James Montgomery (1771–1854)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: James Mont­go­me­ry, in the Shef­field Ir­is, Ap­ril 20, 1824.

Music: The Hea­then Per­ish ano­ny­mous, in Church Pas­tor­als, ed­it­ed by Ne­he­mi­ah Ad­ams (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Tick­nor & Fields, 1864), page 260 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:


The heathen perish; day by day
Thousands on thousands pass away!
O Christians! to their rescue fly,
Preach Je­sus to them ere they die.

Wealth, labor, talents, freely give,
Yea, life itself, that they may live;
What hath your Sav­ior done for you?
And what for Him will ye not do?

Thou Spi­rit of the Lord, go forth;
Call in the south, wake up the north;
Of every clime, from sun to sun,
Gather God’s children into one.