Watchman from the height beholding,
Look towards the eastern sky;
Is the light of heaven unfolding?
Comes the shining angel nigh,
Telling to our lost creation
Christ hath risen for our salvation?
Yea, He came to earth to save us;
As a lamb the Christ was slain;
For our Passover He gave us
His own flesh in direst pain;
On a Cross of anguish dying,
Very God, our need supplying.
Watchman, from the height beholding,
Comes the angel through the gloom,
Ere the morning light unfolding
Fills the darkness of the tomb?
Comes the angel through our sadness,
Waking souls of men to gladness?
See! the gates of hades shaken;
Burst asunder is the prison;
Souls of men from bondage taken,
Praise the Lord from death arisen;
Praise the Resurrection morning,
All our life with hope adorning.
Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1859, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:—
1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >