Scripture Verse

The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6


James Montgomery (1771–1854)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: James Mont­go­me­ry, The Chris­tian Psalm­ist (Glas­gow, Scot­land: Chal­mers & Col­lins, 1825), page 389.

Music: Lan­ca­shire Hen­ry T. Smart, 1836 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Henry T. Smart (1813–1879)


When war on earth sus­pend­ed
His wild ca­reer of woes,
The Prince of Peace des­cend­ed,
A guil­ti­er strife to close;
Vain bat­tles worms were wag­ing—
With their cre­at­or, God;
He came, and wrath as­suag­ing,
Made peace with his own blood.

The storm that flamed and low­ered
Was calm at His com­mand;
The rod of jus­tice flow­ered,
Like Aar­on’s, in His hand:
That scep­ter, love re­veal­ing,
Rebels, ap­proach and kiss;
Its leaves are for your heal­ing,
Its fruits—im­mor­tal bliss.