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Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray

Rise, my soul, to watch and pray, From thy sleep awake thee (Winkworth)

Author: Johann Burchard Freystein; Translator: Catherine Winkworth
Tune: STRAF MICH NICHT
Published in 25 hymnals

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Representative Text

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

2 Watch against the devil's snares,
lest asleep he find thee;
for indeed no pains he spares
to deceive and blind thee.
Satan's prey
oft are they
who secure are sleeping
and no watch are keeping.

3 Watch! Let not the wicked world
with its pow'r 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.

4 Watch against thyself, my soul,
lest with grace thou trifle;
let not self thy thoughts control
nor God's mercy stifle.
Pride and sin
lurk within,
all thy hopes to scatter;
heed not when they flatter.

5 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.

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #504

Author: Johann Burchard Freystein

Freystein, Johann Burchard, son of A. S. Freystein, vice-chancellor of Duke August of Saxony and inspector of the Gymnasium at Weissenfels, was born at Weissenfels, April 18, 1671. At the University of Leipzig he studied law, mathematics, philosophy and architecture. He resided for some time at Berlin and Halle and then went to Dresden as assistant to a lawyer. After graduating L.L.D. at Jena in 1695, he began an independent legal practice at Dresden. In 1703 he became Rath at Gotha, but returned to Dresden in 1709 as Hof-und Justizrath, and was also, in 1713, appointed a member of the Board of Works. Enfeebled by his professional labours, he died of dropsy at Dresden, April 1, 1718 (Bode, p. 70; Blätter für Hymnologie, 1884, pp. 22-24; K… Go to person page >

Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth (b. Holborn, London, England, 1827; d. Monnetier, Savoy, France, 1878) is well known for her English translations of German hymns; her translations were polished and yet remained close to the original. Educated initially by her mother, she lived with relatives in Dresden, Germany, in 1845, where she acquired her knowledge of German and interest in German hymnody. After residing near Manchester until 1862, she moved to Clifton, near Bristol. A pioneer in promoting women's rights, Winkworth put much of her energy into the encouragement of higher education for women. She translated a large number of German hymn texts from hymnals owned by a friend, Baron Bunsen. Though often altered, these translations continue to be used i… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Rise, my soul, to watch and pray, From thy sleep awake thee (Winkworth)
Title: Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray
German Title: Mache dich, mein Geist bereit
Author: Johann Burchard Freystein
Translator: Catherine Winkworth
Meter: 7.6.7.6.3.3.6.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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The Cyber Hymnal #5813
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Instances (1 - 7 of 7)
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Christian Worship #472

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #253

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Lutheran Service Book #663

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Lutheran Worship #302

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The Cyber Hymnal #5813

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #567

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #504

Include 18 pre-1979 instances
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