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Rise my soul to watch and pray

Rise, my soul, to watch and pray,
from thy sleep awaken;
Be not by the evil day
unawares be taken.
For the foe,
well we know,
oft his harvest reapeth,
While the Christian sleepeth.

But first rouse thee and awake
From secure indifference;
Else will follow in its wake
Woe without deliverance.
O beware! Soul, take care!
Death in sins might find thee
Ere thou look behind thee.

Wake and watch, or else thy night
Christ can ne'er enlighten;
Far off still will seem the light
That thy path should brighten;
God demands eyes and hands
Open for the offers
He so richly proffers.

Watch against the devilís snares
lest asleep he find thee;
For indeed no pains he spares
to deceive and blind thee.
Satanís prey
oft are they who
secure are sleeping
And no watch are keeping.

Watch! Let not the wicked world
with its power defeat thee.
Watch lest with her pomp unfurled
she betray and cheat thee.
Watch and see
lest there be
faithless friends to charm thee,
Who but seek to harm thee.

Watch against thyself, my soul,
lest with grace thou trifle;
Let not self thy thoughts control
nor Godís mercy stifle.
Pride and sin
lurk within
all thy hopes to scatter;
Heed not when they flatter.

But while watching, also pray
to the Lord unceasing,
He will free thee, be thy Stay,
strength and faith increasing.
O Lord, bless
in distress
and let nothing swerve me
From the will to serve Thee.

Yea, indeed, He bids us pray,
Promising to hear us,
E'er to be our Staff and Stay,
Ever to be near us.
Ere we plead, will He heed,
Strengthen, keep, defend us,
And deliverance send us.

Courage, then, for all things must
Work for good and bless us
If we but in prayerful trust
To His Son address us;
For He will richly fill
And His Spirit send us,
Who to Him commend us.

Therefore let us watch and pray,
Knowing He will hear us
As we see from day to day
Dangers ever near us,
And the end doth impend
Our redemption neareth
When the Lord appeareth.

marker 99
Meter: 7 6 7 6 3 3 6 6
      Dates: 1697
      Bible Refs: Mt 26:41;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1996# 253
      1964# 368
      1961# 476
      Meter: 7 6 7 6 3 3 6 6
        Dates: 1649
        Hymn/Song Book Song # Key
        # 253 No key
        # 454 No key
        # 509 No key
        # 368D
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