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58. Watchman, Tell Us of the Night

*Watchman, tell us of the night,
What its signs of promise are:
Traveler, over yon mountain's 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 over 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Doubt and terror are withdrawn.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.

*Watcher, Guardian

Text Information
First Line: Watchman, tell us of the night
Title: Watchman, Tell Us of the Night
Author: John Bowring
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Advent; Christmas; Hope (6 more...)
Source: Hymns, 1825
Tune Information
Composer: Joseph Parry
Key: e minor
Source: Ail Llyfr Tonau ac Emynaw, 1879

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