The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O'er The Distant Mountains Breaking

Words: John S. B. Monsell, 1863

Music: "Holywood" from J. F. Wade's Cantus Diversi, 1751
Meter: 87 87 87

Source: The Parish School Hymnal. Philadelphia: Board of Publication of the United Lutheran Church in America, 1926, #10.
Also found in The Hymnal. New York: James Pott & Co., 1889, #46, p. 37.

1. O'er the distant mountains breaking
Comes the reddening dawn of day;
Rise, my soul, from sleep awaking,
Rise, and sing, and watch, and pray;
'Tis thy Saviour, 'Tis thy Saviour,
On His bright returning way.

2. O Thou long-expected! Weary
Waits my anxious soul for Thee,
Life is dark, and earth is dreary,
Where Thy light I do not see;
O my Saviour, O my Saviour,
When wilt Thou return to me?

3. Nearer is my soul's salvation,
Spent the night, the day at hand;
Keep me in my lowly station,
Watching for Thee, till I stand,
O my Saviour, O my Saviour,
In Thy bright, Thy promised land,

4. With my lamp well trimmed and burning,
Swift to hear and slow to roam,
Watching for Thy glad returning
To restore me to my home.
Come, my Saviour, Come, my Saviour,
Thou hast promised: quickly come.

Sheet Music "Holywood" from J. F. Wade's Cantus Diversi, 1751, from The Parish School Hymnal.


Also found in The Hymnal
. New York: James Pott & Co., 1889, #46, p. 37. Here, the date of composition of lyrics is 1862. In all verses, there is the single phrase in the fifth line (e.g., "'Tis thy Saviour"), rather than the double phrase. The meter is thus 87 87 47 in this version.

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