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كيف هذا الليل هل كان صبح يا رقيب

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1 كيف هذا الليلُ هلْ
كان صبحٌ يا رقيبْ؟
أيها السائحُ ها
كوكبُ الشرقِ يُجيبْ
هل سيُنبي نورُهُ
بسرورٍ سيَرِدْ
إنه يُنبي نَعَمْ
بنهارٍ قد وُعِدْ

2 ما منَ الليلِّ أرى؟
ذلك النجمَ ارتفعْ
ذاك فيه بركا
تٌ ونورٌ قد لمعْ
هل يُضِي هذا فقطْ
في أراضي شعبِهِ؟
بل تضيءُ بعدها
كرةُ الأرضِ بهِ

3 ما منَ الليلِّ أيا
حارسُ انظُرْ ها السَّحَرْ
زال ليلٌ وانتفى
كلُّ خوفٍ وخطرْ
أيها الحارسُ عُدْ
مُسرعاً للمنزلِ
إنني ماضٍ فها
قد أتانا ابنُ العَلي

Source: كتاب الترانيم الروحية للكنائس الإنجيلية #378

Translator: ناصيف اليازجي

Nasif al-Yaziji (March 25, 1800 – February 8, 1871) was a Lebanese author at the times of the Ottoman Empire and father of Ibrahim al-Yaziji. He was one of the leading figures in the Nahda movement. We was a poet, wrote and translated many hymns, and helped in translating the complete Bible into Arabic. ناصيف بن عبد الله بن جنبلاط بن سعد اليازجي (25 مارس 1800 - 8 فبراير 1871)، أديب وشاعر لبناني ولد في قرية كفر شيما، من قرى الساحل اللبناني في 25 آذار سنة 1800 م في أسرة اليازجي التي نبغ كثير من أفرادها في الفكر والأدب، وأصله من حمص. لعب دورا كبيرا في إعاد… Go to person page >

Author: John Bowring

James Bowring was born at Exeter, in 1792. He possessed at an early age a remarkable power of attaining languages, and acquired some reputation by his metrical translations of foreign poems. He became editor of "The Westminster Review" in 1825, and was elected to Parliament in 1835. In 1849, he was appointed Consul at Canton, and in 1854, was made Governor of Hong Kong, and received the honour of knighthood. He is the author of some important works on politics and travel, and is the recipient of several testimonials from foreign governments and societies. His poems and hymns have also added to his reputation. His "Matins and Vespers" have passed through many editions. In religion he is a Unitarian. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charl… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: كيف هذا الليل هل كان صبح يا رقيب
English Title: Watchman, Tell Us of the Night
Translator: ناصيف اليازجي
Author: John Bowring
Place of Origin: Lebanon
Language: Arabic
Publication Date: 1873
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.

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WATCHMAN (Mason)


ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR (Elvey)

George J. Elvey (PHH 48) composed ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR as a setting for James Montgomery's text "Hark! The Song of Jubilee," with which it was published in Edward H. Thorne's Selection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1858). The tune has been associated with Alford's text since publication of the hymn in th…

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