Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.@Matthew 26:41

Tho­mas Has­tings, Spir­it­ual Songs for So­cial Wor­ship, (Uti­ca, New York: 1831), num­ber 119.

Bye­field Tho­mas Has­tings, 1840 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Thomas Hastings (1784–1872)

The Savior bids us watch and pray
Through life’s momentous hour,
And grants the Spirit’s quickening ray
To those who seek His power.

The Savior bids us watch and pray,
Maintain a warrior’s strife;
O Christian! hear His voice today:
Obedience is thy life.

The Savior bids us watch and pray,
For soon the hour will come
That calls us from the earth away
To our eternal home.

The Savior bids us watch and pray,
O hearken to His voice,
And follow where He leads the way,
To Heav’n’s eternal joys!