Treasure in Heaven

Lukewarm souls, the foe grows stronger

Author: J. Hart (1765)
Published in 20 hymnals

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1 Lukewarm souls, the foe grows stronger,
See what hosts your camp surround!
Arm to battle; lag no longer.
Hark! The silver trumpets sound,
Wake, ye sleepers, wake! What mean you?
Sin besets you round about.
Up, and search, the world's within you:
Slay, or chase the traitor out.

2 What enchants you? pelf or pleasure?
Pluck right eyes; with right hands part;
Ask your conscience where’s your treasure,
For be certain there‘s your heart.
Give the fawning foe no credit!
Lo! the bloody flag‘s unfurl'd.
That base heart, the word has said it,
Loves not God, that loves the world.

3 God and Mammon? O be wiser!
Serve them both? It cannot be.
Ease in warfare, saint and miser,
These will never well agree.
Shun the shame of foully falling;
Cumber'd captives clogg'd with clay,
Prove your faith; make sure your calling;
Wield the sword, and win the day.

4 Forward press toward perfection;
Watch, and pray, and all things prove.
Seek to know your God’s election;
Search his everlasting love;
Dread backsliding, scorn dissembling,
Now salvation’s near in view;
Work it out, with fear and trembling;
‘Tis your God that works in you.

Source: A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship. In four parts (10th ed.) (Gadsby's Hymns) #881

Author: J. Hart

Hart, Joseph, was born in London in 1712. His early life is involved in obscurity. His education was fairly good; and from the testimony of his brother-in-law, and successor in the ministry in Jewin Street, the Rev. John Hughes, "his civil calling was" for some time "that of a teacher of the learned languages." His early life, according to his own Experience which he prefaced to his Hymns, was a curious mixture of loose conduct, serious conviction of sin, and endeavours after amendment of life, and not until Whitsuntide, 1757, did he realize a permanent change, which was brought about mainly through his attending divine service at the Moravian Chapel, in Fetter Lane, London, and hearing a sermon on Rev. iii. 10. During the next two years ma… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lukewarm souls, the foe grows stronger
Title: Treasure in Heaven
Author: J. Hart (1765)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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