Watch, My Soul, And Pray

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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 Swenska Psalmboken, af Konungen gillad och stadfästad (The Swedish hymn-book, approved and confirmed by the King). To it he contributed some 150 hymns of his own, besides translations and recasting… 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



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