Songs of Christmas – Day 17

Once again I’m just a little bit late posting this. Although we all have favorite carols that most of us know by heart there are apparently many, many more songs that we don’t get exposed to. So today I’ve chosen one of those — a song I’ve never heard before.

It is called Watchman, Tell Us of The Night and the words were written in 1825.

Watchman, Tell Us Of the Night

Watchman, tell us of the night,
What its signs of promise are.
Traveler, over 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.

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 over all the earth.

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Doubt and terror are withdrawn.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;
Hie thee to thy quiet home.1
Traveler, lo! the Prince of Peace,
Lo! the Son of God is come!

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