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Watchman, Tell Us of the Night

from Hope Is Here - EP by John Hatfield



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.

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, 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doubt and terror are withdrawn.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!


from Hope Is Here - EP, released December 4, 2018
Watchman Tell Us of the Night
Lyrics by Sir John Bowring, 1825
Music by John Hatfield

Performed by John Hatfield

Mixed by Richard Whiting


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John is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Houston, TX. He is the host of the Hymnistry Podcast, liturgy nerd, and fan of great burgers everywhere.

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