“In the Hour of Trial” was written by Scottish-born James Montgomery (1771-1854), a poet, writer, and editor who was raised and theologically trained in the Moravian Church. As a writer of hymns, his work has been compared favorably to that of Samuel Wesley, Isaac Watts, Philip Doddridge, John Newton, and William Cowper (Cooper). Among his most well-known lyrics are “Angels From the Realms of Glory,” “Go to Dark Gethsemane,” and “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed.”
“In the Hour of Trial” consists of four stanzas of eight lines in 188.8.131.52 meter, written in the first-person voice. Stanzas 1 and 2, presented in this musical setting by unison women’s voices, then men’s, are pleas for Jesus’ presence in times of temptation; stanza 3, in full harmony and a capella, expresses the author’s reliance on Christ in times of affliction; stanza 4, with full choir and organ accompaniment, expresses the author’s reliance, at time of death, on Jesus’ truth and promise of eternal life.
Especially appropriate in Lent and for memorial services, this anthem is fitting for general worship as well.
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