Scripture Verse

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8

Introduction

Words: George Heath, Hymns and Po­et­ic Es­says Sac­red to the Pub­lic and Pri­vate Wor­ship of the De­i­ty, and to Re­li­gious and Chris­tian Im­prove­ment 1781.

Music: La­ban Lo­well Ma­son, 1830 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Heath (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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The Forbidden Fruit

Lyrics

My soul, be on thy guard;
Ten thousand foes arise;
The hosts of sin are pressing hard
To draw thee from the skies.

O watch, and fight, and pray;
The battle ne’er give o’er;
Renew it boldly every day,
And help divine implore.

Ne’er think the victory won,
Nor lay thine armor down;
The work of faith will not be done,
Till thou obtain the crown.

Fight on, my soul, till death
Shall bring thee to thy God;
He’ll take thee, at thy parting breath,
To His divine abode.