580. Watchman, tell us of the night

1 Watchman, tell us of the night,
What its signs of promise are:
Traveler, o'er yon mountain's height,
See that glory-beaming star!
Watchman, doth its beauteous ray
Aught of hope or joy foretell?
Traveler, yes; it brings the day--
Promised day of Israel.

2 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.

3 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Doubt and terror are withdrawn.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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First Line: Watchman, tell us of the night
Author: Bowring
Meter: 7s (Double)
Publication Date: 1873
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: The Christian Church: Missionary; The Watchman's Cry
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