Stand on Thy Watch-tower, Habakkuk the Seer

Stand on thy watch-tower, Habakkuk the Seer,
And show the Angel, radiant in his light:
‘Today,’ saith he, ‘Salvation shall appear,
‘Because the LORD hath ris’n, as GOD of Might.’

The male that opes the Virgin’s womb is He;
The Lamb of Whom His faithful people eat;
Our truer Passover from blemish free;
Our very GOD, Whose name is all complete.

This yearling Lamb, our Sacrifice most blest,
Our glorious Crown, for all men freely dies:
Behold our Pascha, beauteous from His rest,
The healing Sun of Righteousness arise.

Before the ark, a type to pass away,
David of old time danced: we, holier race,
Seeing the Antitype come forth today,
Hail, with a shout, CHRIST’s own Almighty grace.

Greek Title: επι της θειας ϕυλακης
Translator: John Mason Neale (1862)
Author: St. John of Damascus (780)

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