Tune: STRAF MICH NICHT

Composer: Hundert Arien, Dresden, 1694

Author: Johann B. Freystein, 1697; trans. Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt.

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

VERSE 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.

VERSE 3:
Watch! Let not the wicked world
With its power defeat you.
Watch lest in its pride unfurled
It betray and cheat you.
Watch and see Lest there be
Faithless friends to charm you,
Who but seek to harm you.

VERSE 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 dwell within
All our hopes to scatter;
Heed not when they flatter.

VERSE 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.