Dear Friend of Hymnary,

As you know, we don't ask for money too often. But we're asking now.

So before you hit the "close" button on this box, please consider a donation to keep Hymnary going.

More than half a million people come here every month -- worship leaders, hymnologists, hymn lovers and more -- people who now have access to the most complete database of North American hymnody on the planet thanks to this site. But keeping all of this afloat does not come without a cost, and we have limited sources of revenue. So if you benefit from, would you please consider a donation today? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do.

You can make your tax-deductible contribution by clicking the Donate button below, or you can send a check to Hymnary at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

On behalf of the entire Hymnary team,
Harry Plantinga

Watch, My Soul, And Pray

Full Text

1 Watch, my soul, and pray;
Arm for life's affray.
When the danger least thou fearest,
Watch, the tempter's snares are nearest,
Such is e'er his way:
Watch, my soul, and pray.

2 Watch and pray, my soul,
Flesh and blood control;
When the world, in tempting story,
Tells of pleasure, wealth, and glory,
Be not led astray:
Watch, my soul, and pray.

3 See the goodly land
On the heavenly strand;
See God's people, thither tending,
Through the sea and desert wending,
Led by Joshua's hand:
Seek the goodly land.

4 Through thy pilgrimage,
Guard thy heritage;
Pray and fight, on Christ relying,
Live to Him, thyself denying;
Onward to the goal,
Win the crown, my soul!

5 Watch, and fight, and pray
Through this mortal day;
Soon thy Canaan thou attainest,
Soon thy crown and palm thou gainest,
Peace is won for aye:
Watch, my soul, and pray.


Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #479

Translator: Carl Døving

Born: March 21, 1867, Nord­dal­en, Nor­way. Died: Oc­to­ber 2, 1937, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois. Buried: De­cor­ah, Io­wa.  Go to person page >

Author: Johan Olof Wallin

Johan Olaf Wallin was born at Stora Tuna, in 1779, and early displayed his poetical powers. In 1805, and again in 1809, he gained the chief prize for poetry at Upsala. In the latter year he became pastor at Solna; here his ability as a preacher was so striking that he was transferred to Stockholm, in 1815, as "pastor primarius," a title for which we have no exact equivalent. In 1818 he was made Dean of Westeras, and set about the task of editing a revised hymn-book for the whole of Sweden. This task he completed in 1819, and published it as, Den Swensha Psalmboken, of Konungen gillad och stadfdstad (The Swedish hymn-book, approved and confirmed by the King). To it he contributed some 150 hymns of his own, besides translations and recastings… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Watch, my soul, and pray
Title: Watch, My Soul, And Pray
Translator: Carl Døving
Author: Johan Olof Wallin
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 8 of 8)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Concordia: a collection of hymns and spiritual songs #45TextPage Scan
Hymnal for Church and Home #215TextPage Scan
Hymns for Divine Worship in Churches and Sunday Schools and at Various Occasions #d171
The Hymnal and Order of Service #479TextPage Scan
The Hymnal and Order of Service #479Text
The Hymnal of the Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod. Text ed. #d622
The Hymnal of the Evangelical Mission Covenant Church of America #d533
The Service Hymnal, compiled for the General Use in All Religious Services ... #d428