Watchman! tell us of the nightAuthor: John Bowring (1825)
Tune: WATCHMAN (Mason)
Published in 789 hymnals
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1 Watchman, tell us of the night,
what its signs of promise are.
Traveler, what a wondrous sight:
see that glory-beaming star.
Watchman, does its beauteous ray
news of joy or hope foretell?
Traveler, yes; it brings the day,
promised day of Israel.
2 Watchman, tell us of the night;
higher yet that star ascends.
Traveler, blessedness and light,
peace and truth its course portends.
Watchman, will its beams alone
gild the spot that gave them birth?
Traveler, ages are its own;
see, it bursts o’er all the earth.
3 Watchman, tell us of the night,
for the morning seems to dawn.
Traveler, shadows take their flight;
doubt and terror are withdrawn.
Watchman, you may go your way;
hasten to your quiet home.
Traveler, we rejoice today,
for Emmanuel has come!
Source: Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #97
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Watchman! tell us of the nigh. Sir J. Bowring. [Advent.] First published in his Hymns, 1825, No. 59, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines. It is found in several modern hymnals, including Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, &c.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
|Instances (1 - 9 of 9)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #97||Watchman, tell us of the night||Watchman, Tell Us of the Night||ABERYSTWYTH||John Bowring||22.214.171.124.D||Isaiah 21:11-12; Isaiah 40:9; Isaiah 52:8; Isaiah 60:1-3; Romans 13:12||2013||Jesus Christ | Advent|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #640||Watchman, tell us of the night||ABERYSTWYTH||John Bowring, 1792-1872||77. 77. D||1985|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #20||Watchman, tell us of the night||Watchman, Tell Us of the Night||ABERYSTWYTH||John Bowring||126.96.36.199 D||Isaiah 21:11-12||1990|
|Rejoice in the Lord #168||Watchman, tell us of the night||Watchman, Tell Us of the Night||WATCHMAN||John Bowring||188.8.131.52 D||Isaiah 21:11-12; Isaiah 40:9||1985|
|Small Church Music #1901||Watchman, tell us of the night||Watchman||WATCHMAN||John Bowring||184.108.40.206.D|
|Small Church Music #2636||Watchman, tell us of the night||Aberystwyth||ABERYSTWYTH||John Bowring||220.127.116.11.D|
|The Cyber Hymnal #7125||Watchman, tell us of the night||Watchman, Tell Us of the Night||WATCHMAN (Mason)||John Bowring||John Bowring, Hymns: As a Sequel to Matins, 1825.|
|The New Century Hymnal #103||Watcher, tell us of the night||Watcher, Tell Us of the Night||ABERYSTWYTH||John Bowring||18.104.22.168.D.||Isaiah 21:11-12||1995||Advent | ; Jesus Christ | Advent; Jesus Christ | Birth and Infancy; Jesus Christ | Strength and Refuge; Year B | Advent 1; Year C | Advent 1|
|Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #58||*Watchman, tell us of the night||Aberystwyth||1996|