The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christian! Seek Not Yet Repose

For Christmas

Words: Charlotte Elliott, 1836

Music: Vigilate, William H. Monk, Philip Armes,
And Others

Source: Charlotte Elliott, Morning And Evening Hymns For A Week (London: L. Booth, nd, circa 1863), pp. 19-20. The earliest edition at Google Books is dated to 1846.

The Church Hymnary (Maynard, Merrill, 1900), n678, p. 335. Screen shot taken.

"Watch and Pray"

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation.
MATT. xxvi. 41.

"Christian! seek not yet repose,"
Hear thy guardian angel say;
Thou art in the midst of foes --
“Watch and pray.”

Principalities and powers,
Mustering their unseen array,
Wait for thy unguarded hours --
“Watch and pray.”

Gird thy heavenly armor on,
Wear it ever, night and day;
Ambush'd lies the evil one --
“Watch and pray.”

Hear the victors who o’ercame;
Still they mark each warrior’s way;
All, with one sweet voice exclaim --
“Watch and pray.”

Hear, above all, hear thy Lord,
Him thou lovest to obey;
Hide within thy heart His Word --
“Watch and pray.”

Watch, as if on that alone
Hung the issue of the day;
Pray that help may be sent down --
“Watch and pray.”

Sheet Music from The Hymnary : A Book of Church Song (London: Novello, Ewer, and Co.; Boston: Ditson & Co., 1872), Number 202, p. 169.

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Sheet Music from Charles S. Robinson, A Selection of Spiritual Songs (Century, 1881), #95, p. 65.

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Note: The editors of various hymnals have omitted the second verse, and have changed some words and lines.

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