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Watch, for the time is short

Representative Text

1 Watch, for the time is short;
Watch while 'tis called today;
Watch lest the world prevail;
Watch, Christian, watch and pray;
Watch, for the flesh is weak;
Watch, for the foe is strong;
Watch lest the Bridegroom come;
Watch, tho' he tarry long.

Chorus:
O watch and pray,
O watch and pray;
O watch is the darkness, and watch in the day;
Christian, watch and pray.

2 Chase slumber from thine eyes,
Chase doubting from thy breast;
Thine is the promis'd prize
Of heaven's eternal rest;
Watch, Christian, watch and pray;
Thy Saviour watched for thee
Till from his brow there poured
Great drops of agony. [Chorus]

3 Take Jesus for thy trust;
Watch while the foe is near;
Gird well the armor on;
Watch till thy Lord appear.
Now when thy sun is up,
Make thou no more delay,
In this accepted time
Watch, Christian, watch and pray. [Chorus]


Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #555

Author: Robert Lowry

Robert Lowry was born in Philadelphia, March 12, 1826. His fondness for music was exhibited in his earliest years. As a child he amused himself with the various musical instruments that came into his hands. At the age of seventeen he joined the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, and soon became an active worker in the Sunday-school as teacher and chorister. At the age of twenty-two he gave himself to the work of the ministry, and entered upon a course of study at the University of Lewisburg, Pa. At the age of twenty-eight he was graduated with the highest honors of his class. In the same year of his graduation, he entered upon the work of the ministry. He served as pastor at West Chester, Pa., 1851-1858; in New York City, 1859-1861;… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Watch, for the time is short
Author: Robert Lowry
Refrain First Line: O watch and pray

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Instances (1 - 23 of 23)

Christ in Song #d610

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Christ in Song #555

Gems of Music #d57

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d1204

Light and Life Songs No. 3 #d270

Our Glad Hosanna #d294

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Select Songs No. 2 #195

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Sparkling Rubies #99

Spiritual Melodies. Enl. & impr. ed. #d385

Sunday School Hymns of the Second Baptist Church ... Germantown #d110

Sunday School Hymns. New and improved ed. #d74

The Advent Christian Hymnal #d945

The Advent Christian Hymnal. Rev. #d395

The Amaranth #d146

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The Devotional Chimes #78

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book #1254

The Silver Spray #d122

The Silver Spray #d58

The Silver Spray #d160

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The Violet #127

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