Stand on Thy Watch-tower, Habakkuk the Seer

Stand on Thy Watch-tower, Habakkuk the Seer

Translator: John Mason Neale (1862); Author: St. John of Damascus (780)
Published in 3 hymnals

Representative Text

Stand on thy watch-tower, Habakkuk the Seer,
And show the Angel, radiant in his light:
‘Today,’ saith he, ‘Salvation shall appear,
‘Because the LORD hath ris’n, as GOD of Might.’

The male that opes the Virgin’s womb is He;
The Lamb of Whom His faithful people eat;
Our truer Passover from blemish free;
Our very GOD, Whose name is all complete.

This yearling Lamb, our Sacrifice most blest,
Our glorious Crown, for all men freely dies:
Behold our Pascha, beauteous from His rest,
The healing Sun of Righteousness arise.

Before the ark, a type to pass away,
David of old time danced: we, holier race,
Seeing the Antitype come forth today,
Hail, with a shout, CHRIST’s own Almighty grace.

Source: Hymns of the Eastern Church (5th ed.) #98

Translator: John Mason Neale

Neale, John Mason, D.D., was born in Conduit Street, London, on Jan. 24, 1818. He inherited intellectual power on both sides: his father, the Rev. Cornelius Neale, having been Senior Wrangler, Second Chancellor's Medallist, and Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and his mother being the daughter of John Mason Good, a man of considerable learning. Both father and mother are said to have been "very pronounced Evangelicals." The father died in 1823, and the boy's early training was entirely under the direction of his mother, his deep attachment for whom is shown by the fact that, not long before his death, he wrote of her as "a mother to whom I owe more than I can express." He was educated at Sherborne Grammar School, and was afterwards… Go to person page >

Author: St. John of Damascus

John of Damascus, St. The last but one of the Fathers of the Greek Church, and the greatest of her poets (Neale). He was of a good family in Damascus, and educated by the elder Cosmas in company with his foster-brother Cosmas the Melodist (q. v.). He held some office under the Caliph. He afterwards retired to the laura of St. Sabas, near Jerusalem, along with his foster-brother. There he composed his theological works and his hymns. He was ordained priest of the church of Jerusalem late in life. He lived to extreme old age, dying on the 4th December, the day on which he is commemorated in the Greek calendar, either in his 84th or 100th year (circa 780). He was called, for some unknown reason, Mansur, by his enemies. His fame as a theologian… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Stand on Thy Watch-tower, Habakkuk the Seer
Author: St. John of Damascus (780)
Translator: John Mason Neale (1862)
Language: English



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