If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.@Romans 8:13

Unknown author, pre-12th Century (Jesu quadragenariae). Francis Pott translated this text as In Watch and Prayer by Thee in his Hymns Fitted to the Order of Common Prayer, 1861. Ten years later, he revised it to the form below, and it was published in Church Hymns (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1871), number 108.

Aber William H. Monk, in Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William H. Monk (1823-1889)

In hunger, watch, and prayer,
These forty days were passed
By Thee, O Jesu; and Thy love
Doth sanctify our fast.

Through fleshly lusts indulged,
Man lost his first estate;
Thou wouldst restore by leading us
Our flesh to subjugate.

Be with Thy Church, O Lord;
Our self-denials bless;
Accept the tears Thy children shed
O’er all their frowardness.

Forgive, most gracious Lord,
The follies we deplore,
Prevent us with Thy guiding hand
That we may sin no more.

So do Thou in our souls
The power of sin destroy;
And make us fit to worship Thee
With Easter’s holy joy.