Watchman, Tell Us of the Night

Text:  John Bowring  1825
Music:  George J. Elvey  1859
Tune:  St. George's Windsor  77.77D
OHT Incipit:  

Watchman, tell us of the night,
What its signs of promise are.
Traveler, over yon mountainís height,
See that glory-beaming star!
Watchman, does its beauteous ray
Aught of joy or hope foretell?
Traveler, yes; it brings the day,
Promised day of Israel.

Watchman, tell us of the night;
higher yet that star ascends.
Traveler, blessedness and light,
peace and truth its course portends.
Watchman, will its beams alone
gild the spot that gave them birth?
Traveler, ages are its own;
See, it bursts o'er all the earth.

Watchman, tell us of the night,
For the morning seems to dawn.
Traveler, darkness takes its flight,
Doubt and terror are withdrawn.
Watchman, let thy wanderings cease;
Hie thee to thy quiet home.
Traveler, lo! the Prince of Peace,
Lo, the Son of God is come!

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