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Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray

  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.
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Scripture Reference
Matthew 26:41, Mark 14:38, 1 Peter 5:8
Composer Information

Collection Name: Hundert Arien, Dresden