Pray without ceasing.@1 Thessalonians 5:17

Anonymous, in Royal Diadem, edited by Robert Lowry & W. Howard Doane (New York & Chicago: Biglow & Main, 1872), number 39.

Joseph B. Sturdevant (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Praying Hands
Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

Brothers, when the way is lonely,
And the sky is overcast
With dark shadows that betoken
Sorrow’s wintry blast—
Brothers, then, O keep on praying;
Keep on praying all the day;
All is safe in Christ relying;
O brothers, only pray.

Refrain

Keep on praying, ever praying,
When the sky is overcast;
Christ will keep us all from straying;
O brothers, watch and pray.

Brothers, when the sunshine cometh,
And the shadows disappear;
When the joys of faith triumphant
Conquer all our fear—
Brothers, still we’ll keep on praying;
Keep on praying all the day;
It will make the sunshine brighter;
O brothers, watch and pray.

Refrain

Brothers, while we journey onward,
Through life’s brief and changeful day,
Though its pleasures or its sorrows
Crown our pilgrim way—
Brothers, we will keep on praying;
Keep on praying as we go;
Soon our weary, fainting spirits
The joys of Heav’n shall know.

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