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Ash Wednesday and Lent

128. Christian, seek not yet repose


William Henry Monk, 1868

Charlotte Elliott, 1836

"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 armour on,

Wear it ever, night and day;

Ambushed 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!

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