Watch, pray, praise, look

Watch, brethren, watch, The years are flying

Author: Horatius Bonar
Tune: [Watch, brethren, watch!]
Published in 4 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Watch, brethren, watch!
The year is dying;
Watch, brethren, watch!
Old Time is flying;
Watch as ye watch the parting breath,
And as ye watch for life or death;
Eternity is drawing nigh,
Eternity, eternity.

2 Pray, brethren, pray!
The sands are falling;
Pray, brethren, pray!
God’s voice is calling;
Yon turret strikes the dying chime;
We kneel upon the edge of time;
Eternity is drawing nigh,
Eternity, eternity.

3 Praise, brethren, praise!
The skies are rending;
Praise, brethren, praise!
The fight is ending;
O see, the glory cometh near,
The King Himself will soon be here;
Eternity is drawing nigh,
Eternity, eternity.

Source: Joyful Lays: a new collection of songs, prepared and adapted for the Sunday School #152

Author: Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Watch, brethren, watch, The years are flying
Title: Watch, pray, praise, look
Author: Horatius Bonar
Refrain First Line: Eternity is drawing nigh


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