The midnight cry

The Lord shall come in dead of night

Author: Sarah B. Findlater
Tune: SAWLEY (Walch)
Published in 3 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 The Lord shall come in dead of night,
When all is stillness round;
How happy they whose lamps are bright,
Who hail the trumpet’s sound.

2 How blind and dead the world appears,
How deep her slumbers are,
Still dreaming that the day she fears
Is distant and afar.

3 Who spends his day in holy toil,
His talent used aright,
That he may haste, with heavenly spoil,
To meet his Lord that night?

4 Are you arousing from their sleep,
The saints who dare to rest,
And calling every one to keep
A watch more true and blest?

5 Wake up! my heart and soul, anew,
Let sleep no moment claim;
But hourly watch, as if ye knew
This night the Master came.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10675

Author: Sarah B. Findlater

Sarah Laurie Borthwick Findlater United Kingdom 1823-1907. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, sister of Jane Laurie Borthwick, she married Erick John Findlater, a pastor in the Free Church of Scotland at Lochearnhead, Perthshire, and they had three daughters: Sarah Jemima, Mary Williamina, and Jane Helen. Findlater and her sister Jane's translations were collected in “German hymns from the land of Luther”, appearing in four volumes (1854-1862). As an author, Sarah wrote fiction, juvenile works, music scores, anthems, and musical parts. She died at Torquay, Devon, England. John Perry Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The Lord shall come in dead of night
Title: The midnight cry
Author: Sarah B. Findlater
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

SAWLEY (Walch)

This tune was composed by James Walch in 1857 for a children's anniversary, and was published in 1860 with other tunes for private circulation. It was wrongly assigned, in the early editions of [The Free Church Hymnal, 1888] to the Rev. F. Pigou. Scottish church music: its sources and composers, 189…

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Media

The Cyber Hymnal #10675
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)

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The Cyber Hymnal #10675

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