1 Thus saith the holy One, and true,
To his beloved faithful few;
"Of heaven and hell I hold the keys,
To shut, or open, as I please.
2 "I know thy works, and I approve,
Though small thy strength, sincere thy love;
Go on, my word and name to own,
For none shall rob thee of thy crown.
3 "Before thee see my mercy's door
Stands open wide to shut no more;
Fear not temptation's fiery day,
For I will be thy strength and stay.
4 "Thou hast my promise, hold it fast,
The trying hour will soon be past;
Rejoice, for lo! I quickly come,
To take thee to my heavenly home.
5 "A pillar there no more to move,
Inscribed with all my names of love;
A monument of mighty grace,
Thou shalt forever have a place."
6 Such is the conqueror's reward,
Prepared and promised by the Lord!
Let him that hath the ear of faith,
Attend to what the Spirit saith.
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799