443. Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray

1 Rise, my soul, to watch and pray;
From your sleep awaken;
Be not by the evil day
Unawares o'ertaken.
Satan's prey oft are they
Who secure are sleeping
And no watch are keeping.

2 Watch against the world that frowns
Darkly to dismay you;
Watch when it your wishes crowns,
Smiling to betray you
Watch and see, you are free
From false friends who charm you
While they seek to harm you.

3 Watch against yourself, my soul,
Lest with grace you trifle;
Let not self your thoughts control
Nor God's mercy stifle.
Pride and sin lurk within,
All your hopes to shatter;
Heed not when they flatter.

4 But while watching, also pray
To the Lord unceasing.
God alone can make you free,
Strength and faith increasing,
So that still mind and will
Heartfelt praises tender
And true service render.

Text Information
First Line: Rise, my soul, to watch and pray
Title: Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray
Original Language: German
Translator: Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878
Author: Johann B. Freystein, 1671-1718
Meter: 76 76 666
Language: English
Publication Date: 1978
Topic: Prayer; Pentecost 12 (Year C); Commitment (1 more...)
Tune Information
Meter: 76 76 666
Key: D Major
Source: Hundert geistlicher Arien, Dresden, 1694
Copyright: Setting © 1952 Orgelchoralbuch

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