Sardis

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William Cowper, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 1, hymn 138

Write to Sardis, saith the Lord,
And write what He declares;
He whose Spirit, and whose word,
Upholds the seven stars:
All thy works and ways I search,
Find thy zeal and love decayed;
Thou art called a living church,
But thou art cold and dead.
2. Watch, remember, seek and strive,
Exert thy former pains;
Let thy timely care revive,
And strengthen what remains:
Cleanse thine heart, thy works amend:
Former times to mind recall;
Lest my sudden stroke descend,
And smite thee once for all.
3. Yet I number now, in thee,
A few that are upright;
These my Father's face shall see,
And walk with me in white:
When in judgment I appear,
They for mine shall be confessed;
Let my faithful servants hear,
And woe be to the rest.

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