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Go watch and pray, thou canst not tell

Go watch and pray, thou canst not tell

Author: Thomas Hastings
Tune: GO, WATCH AND PRAY
Published in 60 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Go, watch and pray: thou canst not tell
How near thine hour may be;
Thou canst not know how soon the bell
May toll its notes for thee:
Death's countless snares beset thy way;
Frail child of dust! go, watch and pray.

2 Fond youth, while free from blighting care,
Does thy firm pulse beat high?
Do hope's glad visions, bright and fair,
Dilate before thine eye?
Soon these must change--must pass away;
Frail child of dust! go, watch and pray.

2 Thou aged man! life's wintry storm
Hath seared thy vernal bloom;
With trembling limbs and wasting form,
Thou 'rt bending o'er the tomb;
And can vain hope lead thee astray?
Go, weary pilgrim! watch and pray.

4 Ambition, stop thy panting breath!
Pride, sink thy lifted eye!
Behold the caverns, dark with death,
Before you open lie;
The heavenly warning now obey;
Ye sons of pride, go, watch and pray.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #694

Author: Thomas Hastings

Hastings, Thomas, MUS. DOC., son of Dr. Seth Hastings, was born at Washington, Lichfield County, Connecticut, October 15, 1784. In 1786, his father moved to Clinton, Oneida Co., N. Y. There, amid rough frontier life, his opportunities for education were small; but at an early age he developed a taste for music, and began teaching it in 1806. Seeking a wider field, he went, in 1817, to Troy, then to Albany, and in 1823 to Utica, where he conducted a religious journal, in which he advocated his special views on church music. In 1832 he was called to New York to assume the charge of several Church Choirs, and there his last forty years were spent in great and increasing usefulness and repute. He died at New York, May 15, 1872. His aim was the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Go watch and pray, thou canst not tell
Author: Thomas Hastings

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ #512

A Collection of Psalms and Hymns Suited to the Various Occasions of Public Worship #d100

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #127

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A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #127

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A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #127

A Prayer Meeting and Revival Hymn Book . 27th ed. #d149

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Chapel Hymns #80

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Choral Echoes from the Church of God in All Ages #T11

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Choral Echoes from the Church of God in All Ages #76

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Church Melodies #680

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Church music #434

Crown of Glory #d23

Family and Social Melodies #d108

Hymns and Poetry for the Young #d33

Hymns for Social Worship. 6th ed. #d70

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Hymns selected from various authors #274

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Hymns #815

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Hymns #815

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Hymns #792

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Hymns #815

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Methodist Social Hymn Book #72

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #386

Psalmista #d85

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d224

Revival Hymns #d49

Revival Hymns ... with a Supplement. 2nd ed. #d81

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Sacred Melodies for Social Worship #347

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Sacred Songs for Family and Social Worship #98

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Sacred Songs for Family and Social Worship #114

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Selah #183a

Songs and Praises for Revivals, Sunday Schools, Singing Schools, and General Church Work #d24

Songs of Love for the Bible School #d40

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Spiritual Songs for Social Worship #227

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Spiritual Songs for Social Worship #227

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Spiritual Songs for Social Worship #227

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Temple Melodies #406

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #386

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The Book of Worship #419

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The Child's Hymn Book #161

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The Christian Hymn Book #1224

The Christian Hymnal #d196

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The Christian Hymnal #816

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The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns #240

The Church Hymn Book #d286

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The Diadem #111

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The Palm #179

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The Psalmist #S55

The Sacred Lute #d106

The Sacred Lyre #d18

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The Saint's Harp #107

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The Voice of Praise #694

The Western Harp #d62

Two Hundred and Fifty-two Familiar Hymns #d58

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