Scripture Verse

Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:11–12


John M. Neale (1818–1866)


Words: An­drew of Crete, 7th Cen­tu­ry (Οὐ γὰρ Βλέ­πεις τοὺς ταράτ­τον­τας). Trans­lat­ed from Greek to Eng­lish by John M. Neale, Hymns of the East­ern Church, 1862.

Music: St. An­drew of Crete John B. Dykes, 1868 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:


Christian, dost thou see them
On the ho­ly ground,
How the pow­ers of dark­ness
Rage thy steps around?
Christian, up and smite them,
Counting gain but loss,
In the strength that com­eth
By the ho­ly cross.

Christian, dost thou feel them,
How they work with­in,
Striving, tempt­ing, lur­ing,
Goading into sin?
Christian, ne­ver trem­ble;
Never be down­cast;
Gird thee for the bat­tle,
Watch and pray and fast.

Christian, dost thou hear them,
How they speak thee fair?
Always fast and vigil?
Always watch and pray­er?

Christian, an­swer bold­ly:
While I breathe I pray!
Peace shall fol­low bat­tle,
Night shall end in day.

Well I know thy trou­ble,
O My ser­vant true;
Thou art ve­ry wea­ry,
I was wea­ry, too;
But that toil shall make thee
Some day all Mine own,
At the end of sor­row
Shall be near My throne.

Lyra Germanica, 1862