Palms of glory

First line:
Palms of glory, raiment bright
composer
NEH 230ii
author of text

 
James Montgomery is our greatest lay hymn-writer. He was a journalist, owner and editor for many years of the Sheffield Iris, where he championed policies and views not popular with authority. Indeed he was twice put in prison for short periods because of this. Having begun life as a Moravian, he became a Methodist and ended as an Anglican. He wrote this hymn for the Sheffield Sunday School and it was used at their Anniversary in 1829. It is unassuming in style, yet its theme is the astounding scenes, recounted in the book Revelation, of the worship of heaven itself. Perhaps we see something of the radical journalist here too as the might of Church and State set aside their earthly status to join in the song.

William Maclagan began his life as a soldier in India. Having been invalided out, he was ordained, served a number of churches in London, became Bishop of Lichfield and Archbishop of York. He wrote a number of modest hymn tunes.

from notes by Alan Luff © 2002

Recordings

The English Hymn, Vol. 3 – Hills of the north, rejoice
CDP12103

Details

Track 22 on CDP12103 [2'13]

Track-specific metadata for CDP12103 track 22

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-01-10322
Duration
2'13
Recording date
19 June 2002
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. The English Hymn, Vol. 3 – Hills of the north, rejoice (CDP12103)
    Disc 1 Track 22
    Release date: September 2002