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Sardis

 (Revelations, iii.
1-6) "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 decay'd; Thou art call'd a living church, But thou art cold and dead.
"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.
"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 confess'd; Let my faithful servants hear, -- And woe be to the rest!"

by William Cowper
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