From the recording Tell Us Of The Night

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Christmas Song
(Watchman, Tell Us Of The Night)
Composer: Alan Hovhaness
Text: John Bowring
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
ht 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 o’er 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Doubt and terror are withdrawn;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 ceas
Hie thee to thy quiet home.
Traveler, lo, the prince of Peace,
Lo, the Son of God is come