Scripture Verse

Watch and pray. Mark 13:33


Words: Car­rie E. Breck, in Hea­ven­ly Sun­light, ed­it­ed by J. How­ard Ent­wisle et al. (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Mac­Cal­la & Com­pa­ny, 1900), num­ber 56.

Music: Pow­ell G. Fi­thi­an (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Carrie E. Breck (1855–1934)


Go forth! go forth for Je­sus now—
Be work­ing! be watch­ing!
The Lord Him­self will teach you how
To watch and pray.
’Tis not for thee thy field to choose—
No work He gives must thou re­fuse—
Be work­ing! be watch­ing! be pray­ing!


Go forth to work—to watch and pray!
’Tis Je­sus who calls thee—
The har­vest waits for thee to­day—
Go bring some sheaves for God.

Go forth! go forth to all the world!
Oh, stay not! de­lay not—
But let Love’s ban­ner be un­furled,
And grace be told.
Oh, let re­deem­ing love be sung—
A song of joy on ev­ery tongue!
Be work­ing! be watch­ing! be pray­ing!


Go forth! let heart and hand be strong!
Be work­ing! be watch­ing!
Oh, stay the migh­ty pow­er of wrong
Where’er ye may.
Equipped with love and strength di­vine,
The vic­to­ry is sure­ly thine—
Be work­ing! be watch­ing! be pray­ing!