Christian! Dost Thou See ThemAuthor: Andrew of Crete; Translator: J. M. Neale
Tune: ST. ANDREW OF CRETE
Published in 257 hymnals
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1 Christian, dost thou see them
on the holy ground,
how the pow'rs of darkness
rage thy steps around?
Christian, up and smite them,
counting gain but loss,
in the strength that cometh
by the holy cross.
2 Christian, dost thou feel them,
how they work within,
striving, tempting, luring,
goading into sin?
Christian, never tremble;
never be downcast;
gird thee for the battle,
watch and pray and fast.
3 Christian, dost thou hear them,
how they speak thee fair?
"Always fast and vigil?
Always watch and prayer?"
Christian, answer boldly,
"While I breathe I pray!"
Peace shall follow battle,
night shall end in day.
4 Hear the words of Jesus:
"O my servant true:
thou art very weary -
I was weary too;
but that toil shall make thee
some day all mine own,
and the end of sorrow
shall be near my throne."
Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #574
|First Line:||Christian! Dost Thou See Them|
|Author:||Andrew of Crete|
|Translator:||J. M. Neale|
|Article:||"Christian, Dost Thou See Them?" by Herman G. Stuempfle (from The Hymn)|
st. 1 = Eph. 6:10-17
st. 2 = Mark 14:38, Col. 4:2
The original version of this text, "Christian, Dost Thou See Them," was published by John M. Neale (PHH 342) in his Hymns of the Eastern Church (1862). There it was said to be a translation of a Greek hymn by Andrew of Crete (660-732). Because no such Greek text has ever been found, most scholars now assume that Neale wrote the text. But it does reflect the spirit of St. Andrew, who battled vigorously for the gospel in early Christian history. Various hymnal editors have made small alterations in the text. Bert Polman prepared a modernized version in 1985 for the 1987 Psalter Hymnal.
"Christian, Do You Struggle" is one of a number of Christian battle hymns that uses the spiritual warfare imagery Paul sets forth in Ephesians 6:10-18. The Christian battle is "not against flesh and blood" but against the "powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil." It is a deadly serious battle that requires Christians to "put on the full armor of God," which his Word and Spirit provide. This spiritual warfare is against sinful cultures and their authorities in the external world (st. 1) but also against the tempting powers of sin within (st. 2), which may lead to doubt and unbelief (st. 3). Each stanza concludes by taking seriously Paul's advice to "put on the full armor of God," "stand firm," and "pray in the Spirit."
The tone of encouragement and hope in this hymn will be useful in various personal contexts of Christian warfare against evil; may also serve as a battle cry and prayer for the entire Christian community.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987
|Instances (5)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #91||Christian, dost thou see them||Christian, Dost Thou See Them?||Andrew of Crete, ca. 660-732; John Mason Neale, 1818-1866||188.8.131.52 D||GUTE BÄUME BRINGEN||d minor or modal||1994|
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #55||Christian, dost thou see them||184.108.40.206 D||1983|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #575||Christian, do you struggle||Christian, Do You Struggle||Andrew of Crete, c. 660-732; John Mason Neale; Bert Polman||John B. Dykes||220.127.116.11 D||Mark 14:38; Ephesians 6:10-17; Colossians 4:2; Ephesians 6:17; Philippians 3; Colossians 4||ST. ANDREW OF CRETE||b flat||English||1987|
|The Worshiping Church #660||Christian, do you struggle on the battleground||Christian, Do You Struggle?||John Mason Neale; Bert Polman||Ephesians 6:17; Philippians 3; Colossians 4; Ephesians 6:12; Philippians 3:7; Proverbs 4:19; Mark 14:38; 1 Peter 5:8-9||English||1990|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #574||Christian, dost thou see them||Christian, Dost Thou See Them||St. Andrew of Crete; John Mason Neale||John B. Dykes||18.104.22.168 D||1 Peter 5:8-9||ST. ANDREW OF CRETE||b flat minor||English||1990|