Our Saviour's words are Watch and Pray:

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Our Saviour's words are "Watch and Pray:"
Lord, make us willing to obey;
Lord, make us able to fulfil
Thy counsel--give both power and will.

The wisdom from above impart,
To keep our hand, and tongue, and heart,
In thought, word, deed,--that so we may
Pray whilst we watch, watch while we pray.

Lest while we watch, and fear no snare,
We fall into neglect of prayer;
Or, while we pray, and watch not, sin
Creep like a subtil serpent in.

When by an evil world beset,
Allurements smile, or terrors threat,
Well way we watch our Master's eye,
And pray for faith to fight or fly.

Our strength be His Omnipotence,
His truth our sole and sure defence,
His grace will aid the feeble saint
To watch and pray, and never faint.

For He who hath commanded thus,
Oft watch'd and pray'd on earth for us;
And still with interceding love,
Watches and prays for us above.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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First Line: Our Savior's words are, Watch and pray
Title: Our Saviour's words are Watch and Pray:
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


Our Saviour’s words are, Watch and Pray. J. Montgomery. [Watchfulness and Prayer.] Written in 1835 (M. MSS.], and printed on a broadsheet for use at the Anniversary Sermons of the Red Hill Wesleyan Sunday Schools, Sheffield, March 1 and 2, 1835, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. It was also used by the Sheffield Sunday School Union, at the Whit-Monday gathering, 1841. In 1853 it was included in Montgomery’s Original Hymns, No. 162, and headed, “Watch and Pray.”

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



William Knapp (b. Wareham, Dorsetshire, England, 1698; d. Poole, Dorsetshire, 1768) composed WAREHAM, so named for his birthplace. A glover by trade, Knapp served as the parish clerk at St. James's Church in Poole (1729-1768) and was organist in both Wareham and Poole. Known in his time as the "coun…

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