Watchman! tell us of the nightAuthor: John Bowring (1825)
Published in 775 hymnals
1 Watchman, tell us of the night,
What its signs of promise are.
Traveler, o'er yon mountain's height,
See that glory-beaming star.
Watchman, does its beauteous ray
Aught 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, darkness takes its flight,
Doubt and terror are withdrawn.
Watchman, let thy wanderings cease;
Hasten to your quiet home.
Traveler, lo! the Prince of Peace,
Lo! the Son of God is come!
Source: Presbyterian Hymnal #20
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)
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|Instances (5)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #640||Watchman, tell us of the night||John Bowring, 1792-1872||Joseph Parry, 1841-1903||184.108.40.206 D||ABERYSTWYTH||f minor||English||1985|
|Presbyterian Hymnal #20||Watchman, tell us of the night||Watchman, Tell Us of the Night||John Bowring||Joseph Parry||220.127.116.11 D||Isaiah 21:11-12||ABERYSTWYTH||d minor||English||1990|
|Rejoice in the Lord #168||Watchman, tell us of the night||Watchman, Tell Us of the Night||John Bowring||Lowell Mason||18.104.22.168 D||Isaiah 21:11-12; Isaiah 40:9||WATCHMAN||D Major||English||1985|
|The New Century Hymnal #103||Watcher, tell us of the night||Watcher, Tell Us of the Night||John Bowring||Joseph Parry||22.214.171.124 D||Isaiah 21:11-12||ABERYSTWYTH||e minor||English||1995|
|Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #58||*Watchman, tell us of the night||Aberystwyth||1996|