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“Watch and pray.” Matt. 26. 41; Mark 13. 33

A. Steele   C.M.

1
Alas, what hourly dangers rise!
What snares beset my way!
To heaven O let me lift my eyes,
And hourly watch and pray.

2
How oft my mournful thoughts complain,
And melt in flowing tears!
My weak resistance, ah, how vain!
How strong my foes and fears!

3
O gracious God, in whom I live,
My feeble efforts aid;
Help me to watch, and pray, and strive,
Though trembling and afraid.

4
Increase my faith, increase my hope,
When foes and fears prevail!
And bear my fainting spirit up,
Or soon my strength will fail.

5
Whene’er temptations fright my heart,
Or lure my feet aside,
O God, thy powerful aid impart –
My guardian and my guide.

6
O keep me in the heavenly way,
And bid the tempter flee;
And let me never, never stray,
From happiness and thee.