Scripture Verse

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17


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

Music: Jo­seph B. Stur­de­vant (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the au­thor, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Stur­de­vant,

Praying Hands
Albrecht Dürer


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.


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.


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.