Scripture Verse

Pray always. Ephesians 6:18


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

Music: W. How­ard Doane (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Thresh­er (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

W. Howard Doane (1832–1915)

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.


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


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.


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.