516. O Watch and Pray

1 O watch and pray,
My soul, the way
Of safety lies before thee;
Lest thou shouldst be led astray
And the foe come o'er thee.

2 Use thou the Word
Of God, thy Lord;
All else is unavailing;
Ev'ry thought and passion guard
With this shield unfailing.

3 O make thy choice
The Spirit's voice
When He comes to remind thee;
Then shall peace thine heart rejoice,
Satan get behind thee.

4 One secret thought
With evil fraught,
Which in the heart was cherished,
Havoc of God's grace hath wrought,
And the soul hath perished.

5 Our evil mind,
To sin inclines,
Is drawn by sin around us;
If a wicked thought we mind,
Satan soon hath bound us.

6 One word from hell
Cast its foul spell
On Adam with temptation;
So by one man all men fell
Under condemnation.

7 Each soul astray
From Christ, the way,
Should keep God's people humble;
Jesus warns, "O watch and pray,
Lest ye fall and stumble."

8 Be on your guard,
Keep watch and ward,
Beware of Satan's cunning!
Watch and pray and trust your Lord
Till ye see Him coming!

Text Information
First Line: O watch and pray, My soul, the way
Title: O Watch and Pray
Norwegian/Scandinavian Title: Op, vaag og bed
Author: H. A. Brorson, 1694-1764
Translator: G. A. T. Rygh, 1860-1942
Meter: 44 77 6
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Confirmation: Perseverance; Trinity 20
Tune Information
Name: O TRAURIGKEIT
Meter: 44 77 6
Key: e minor
Source: Himmlische Harmony, Mainz, 1628, alt.



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