574. Christian, Dost Thou See Them

1 Christian, dost thou see them
on the holy ground,
how the pow'rs of darkness
rage thy steps around?
Christian, up and smite them,
counting gain but loss,
in the strength that cometh
by the holy cross.

2 Christian, dost thou feel them,
how they work within,
striving, tempting, luring,
goading into sin?
Christian, never tremble;
never be downcast;
gird thee for the battle,
watch and pray and fast.

3 Christian, dost thou hear them,
how they speak thee fair?
"Always fast and vigil?
Always watch and prayer?"
Christian, answer boldly,
"While I breathe I pray!"
Peace shall follow battle,
night shall end in day.

4 Hear the words of Jesus:
"O my servant true:
thou art very weary -
I was weary too;
but that toil shall make thee
some day all mine own,
and the end of sorrow
shall be near my throne."

Text Information
First Line: Christian, dost thou see them
Title: Christian, Dost Thou See Them
Author (attr.): St. Andrew of Crete
Translator: John Mason Neale (1862; alt.)
Publication Date: 1990
Topic: Perseverance; Reformation Day; The Christian Life: Christian Warfare (3 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: John B. Dykes (1868)
Key: b♭ minor

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