Pray always.@Ephesians 6:18

Sar­ah B. Thresh­er, in Sunny-Side Songs, edited by W. How­ard Doane (New York & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1893), page 5.

This is described as a Motion Song. Primary. (that is, for children’s Sunday school): Should be sung while assuming an appropriate attitude different with each verse. The first, with bowed head and hands folded upon the breast; second, with clasped hands raised; third, with eyes raised.

W. How­ard Doane (🔊 pdf nwc).

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W. Howard Doane (1832–1915)

With folded hands upon my breast,
When daylight fades away;
Sincerely, humbly I will pray,
O Jesus, watch me while I rest.

Refrain

Morning, noon and night
I will pray, I will pray;
O keep me by Thy might,
I will pray, I will pray.

When morning sun is shining bright,
My hands I’ll lift in prayer;
Keep me in safety everywhere,
And help me always choose the right.

Refrain

Oft I will raise my prayerful eyes
All thro’ the busy day;
Deep in my heart I’ll softly say,
O Savior, make me good and wise.

Refrain