663. Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray

1 Rise, my soul, to watch and pray;
From your sleep awaken!
Be not by the evil day
Unawares o'ertaken;
For the foe,
Well we know,
Is a harvest reaping
While the saints are sleeping.

2 Watch against the devil's snares
Lest asleep he find you;
For indeed no pains he spares
To deceive and blind you.
Satan's prey
Oft are they
Who secure are sleeping
And no watch are keeping.

3 Watch! Let not the wicked world
With its lies defeat you
Lest with bold deceptions hurled
It betray and cheat you.
Watch and see
Lest there be
Faithless friends to charm you,
Who but seek to harm you.

4 Watch against yourself, my soul,
Lest with grace you trifle;
Let not self your thoughts control
Nor God's mercy stifle.
Pride and sin
Lurk within,
All our hopes to shatter;
Heed not when they flatter.

5 But while watching, also pray
To the Lord unceasing.
God protects you day by day,
Strength and faith increasing.
So that still
Mind and will
Shall unite to serve Him
And forever love Him.

Text Information
First Line: Rise, my soul, to watch and pray
Title: Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray
Translator: Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78
Author: Johann Burkhard Freystein, 1671-1718
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 76 76 33 66
Scripture: Matthew 25:5; Matthew 25:13; Matthew 26:41; 1 Thessalonians 5:5-9; Revelation 16:15
Topic: The Church Militant
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: STRAF MICH NICHT
Meter: 76 76 33 66
Key: D Major
Source: Hundert...geistlicher Arien, Dresden, 1694, alt.; Christian Worship, 1993 (Setting)



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