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Watch The Rising Day (Standard Edition)

by Matthew Smith

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Dark and cheerless is the morn Without Your hand to comfort me Joyless is the day's return 'Til Your mercy's beams I see 'Til they inward light impart, Glad my eyes and warm my heart Chorus: Christ, whose glory fills the skies, You are the true, the only Light Sun of Righteousness, arise, Triumph over shades of night You are the Light, You are the Light Visit, then, this soul of mine, Pierce the gloom of sin and grief Fill me, Radiancy Divine, Scatter all my unbelief More and more Yourself display, Shining to the perfect day Bridge: Dayspring from on high, be near Day-star, in my heart appear.
I need Thee, precious Jesus For I am full of sin My soul is dark and guilty My heart is dead within I need the cleansing fountain Where I can always flee The blood of Christ most precious The sinner’s perfect plea Chorus: I need Thee, I need Thee, Jesus I need Thee today I need Thee, precious Jesus For I am very poor A stranger and a pilgrim I have no earthly store I need the love of Jesus To cheer me on my way To guide my doubting footsteps To be my strength and stay I need Thee, precious Jesus I need a friend like Thee A friend to soothe and pity A friend to care for me I need the heart of Jesus To feel each anxious care To tell my every trial And all my sorrows share I need Thee, precious Jesus And hope to see Thee soon Encircled with the rainbow And seated on Thy throne There, with Thy blood-bought children My joy shall ever be To sing Thy praise, Lord Jesus, To gaze, My Lord, on Thee
Once on a dreary mountain We wandered far and wide, Far from the cleansing fountain Far from the pierced side But Jesus sought and found us And washed our guilt away With cords of love He bound us To be His own today Chorus: Redeemed, restored, forgiven Through Jesus' precious blood Heirs of His home in heaven Oh, praise our pardoning God Dear Lord receive the glory Of each recovered soul Oh who can tell the story Of love that made us whole? Not our, not ours, the merit Be Yours alone the praise And ours a thankful spirit To serve You all our days Bridge: Now keep us, holy Savior In Your true love and fear And grant us by Your favor The grace to persevere Till in Your new creation When Earth meets Heaven's shore We find our full salvation And praise You evermore
We journey through a vale of tears By many a cloud overcast And worldly cares and worldly fears Go with us to the last "Not to the last" Your Word has said If we could read aright "Poor Pilgrim, lift in hope your head At eve it shall be light" Though earthborn shadows now may shroud Your thorny path a while God's blessed Word can part each cloud And bid the sunshine smile Only believe, in living faith His love and power divine And though your sun shall set in death His light shall round you shine When tempest clouds are dark on high His 'bow of love and peace Shines sweetly in the vaulted sky A pledge that storms shall cease Hold on your way, with hope unchilled By faith and not by sight And you will own His word fulfilled "At eve it shall be light" At eve it shall be light, at eve it shall be light
O let us by your cross abide, You, only You, resolved to know The Lamb for sinners crucified, A world to save from endless woe Chorus: You who are greater than our hearts, Come make Your faithful mercies known The mind of Christ to us impart, Your constant mind in us be shown Take us into your people's rest, And we from our own works shall cease With your meek Spirit arm our breast, And keep our minds in perfect peace Jesus, for this we calmly wait, Oh let our eyes behold You near Hurry to make our heaven complete, Appear our glorious God, appear
You have canceled my transgression, Jesus, by Your precious blood May I find therein salvation, happiness, and peace with God And since You for sinner's suffering On the cross was made an offering From all sin deliver me, That I wholly Yours may be All the pain You have endured All Your wounds, Your crown of thorn Hands and feet with nails through bored The reproach which You have borne Your back, ploughed with deep furrows Cross and grave and all Your sorrows Your blood-sweat and agony Oh Lord Jesus, comfort me Your back, ploughed with deep furrows Cross and grave and all Your sorrows Your blood-sweat and agony Oh Lord Jesus, comfort me
Let worldly minds the world pursue, what are its charms to me? Once I admired its trifles too, but grace has set me free Its pleasures now no longer please, no more content afford Far from my heart be joys like these now I have seen the Lord As by the light of opening day the stars are all concealed So earthly pleasures fade away when Jesus is revealed Creatures no more divide my choice, I bid you all depart His name and love and gracious Word have fixed my roving heart
The War 04:28
I came and saw, and hoped to conquer As the great Roman once had done His was one hour's shock of battle My field was harder to be won I came and saw, but did not conquer The foes were fierce, their weapons strong I came, I saw, but did not conquer For me the fight was sore and long Chorus: They said the war was brief and easy One word, one look, would crush the throng For some it may have been a moment's conflict For me it has been sore and long They said the threats were coward bluster To brave men they could work no wrong So some may boast of easy battle To me it has been sore and long Bridge: And yet I know that I shall conquer Though sore and hard the fight may be I know, I know I shall be more than victor Through Him who won the fight for me
Goodnight 04:56
I journey forth rejoicing From this dark vale of tears To heavenly joy and freedom From earthly bonds and fears Where Christ our Lord shall gather All His redeemed again, His kingdom to inherit-- Goodnight, goodnight till then Why thus so sadly weeping Beloved ones of my heart? The Lord is good and gracious Though now He bids us part Oft have we met in gladness And we shall meet again All sorrow left behind us-- Goodnight, goodnight till then I go to see His glory Whom we have loved below I go, the blessed angels The holy saints to know. Our lovely ones departed I go to find again And wait for you to join us-- Goodnight, goodnight till then I hear the Savior calling-- The joyful hour has come The angel-guards are ready To guide me to our home Where Christ our Lord shall gather All His redeemed again, His kingdom to inherit-- Goodnight, goodnight till then
My former hopes are fled My terror now begins I feel, alas, that I am dead In trespasses and sins Ah, whither shall I fly? I hear the thunder roar The Law proclaims Destruction nigh, And Vengeance at the door Vengeance at the door, Vengeance at the door When I review my ways I dread impending doom But sure a friendly whisper says "Flee from the wrath to come." I see, or think I see, a glimmering from afar A beam of day that shines for me To save me from despair Save me from despair, save me from despair Forerunner of the sun It marks the pilgrim's way I'll gaze upon it while I run And watch the rising day Forerunner of the sun It marks the pilgrim's way I'll gaze upon it while I run, and watch the rising day Watch the rising day, watch the rising day


The 10-song standard edition of WATCH THE RISING DAY. For the 14-song Deluxe Edition, please go to matthewsmith.bandcamp.com/album/watch-the-rising-day


released August 17, 2010


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Matthew Smith Nashville, Tennessee

Matthew Smith is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who writes brand new music to centuries-old hymn texts. He finds beauty exploring the tension between joy and sorrow, between the Already and the Not Yet.


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