The Burden of Dumah

The burden of Dumah! A voice out of Seir

Author: John R. Macduff
Tune: PAULINA (Donizetti)
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 The burden of Dumah! A voice out of Seir
Cries, Tell me, O watchman! if morning be near.
It cometh—it cometh! Bright gleams in the sky
Proclaiming the promised redemption is nigh!

2 Soon, soon shall creation’s long midnight be done,
The rest of eternity’s Sabbath begun;
When, casting her weekday soiled garments away,
She stands fresh appareled in vestures of day.

3 Oh! hasten, Lord! hasten this halcyon time,
When earth shall exult in the bliss of her prime,
The sons of the morning resuming their strain
O’er Eden, restored to her glories again.

4 The morning it cometh! but also the night!
Lo! visions of vengeance loom dark on the sight!
The meteor of hope, with its bright beaming ray,
To scorners of grace is fast dimming away.

5 Ere earth shall be girt with its red fiery flood,
Or moon shall dissolve in her ocean of blood,
Ere stars in their courses shall tremble and fall,
The wicked in vain to the mountains shall call.

6 Great God! in Thy mercy look down from above,
And touch every heart with Thy scepter of love,
Lest, tears unavailing, we come to deplore
That offers of grace can be tendered no more!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8063

Author: John R. Macduff

Macduff, John Ross, D.D., second son of Alexander Macduff, of Bonhard, near Perth, was born at Bonhard, May 23, 1818. After studying at the University of Edinburgh, he became in 1842 parish minister of Kettins, Forfarshire, in 1849 of St. Madoes, Perthshire, and in 1855 of Sandyford, Glasgow. He received the degree of D.D. from the University of Glasgow in 1862, and about the same time also from the University of New York. He retired from pastoral work in 1871, lived at Chislehurst, Kent and died in 1887. He has published many practical and devotional works which have attained a wide circulation. In 1857 he was appointed by the General Assembly a member of their Hymnal Committee. His 31 hymns appeared in his Altar Stones, 1853, and were als… Go to person page >

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First Line: The burden of Dumah! A voice out of Seir
Title: The Burden of Dumah
Author: John R. Macduff
Meter: 11.11.11.11
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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