Author: George Michael Mangold (1822-1894) Composer: James McGranaham (1840-1907)
1. Hark! and earnestly be heeding What the Spirit thee doth teach; How the Word, its truth revealing All the churches doth beseech. Hark! for God to him is speaking Who for knowledge pure is seeking. He discerns each hidden thing And to light our thoughts doth bring.
2. He, who seven stars is holding In His right hand thus does speak: “Clearly all things I’m beholding, And my servants deeds I seek, What they do, their works comparing, And where also they are erring; I judge all things here aright, Bringing them into the light!”
3. Blest is he who overcometh, And the first true love maintains, Who in truth builds firm foundation, And false teaching doth disdain. Him with fruit I’ll ever nourish From the tree which there doth flourish, Which above in paradise Is prepared by God all-wise.
4. Thus speaks Jesus, the Beginning, And the Last, the A and O, Who from death, as Prince is reigning, Did arise; He speaketh so: “I know all your tribulations; Poverty, strength, works, temptations. Thou art rich; in patience bear All reproach; do not despair!”
5. “Blest is he who overcometh, Fleeing not when pain besets; When in fear and tribulations, Doth this comfort ne’er forget, That I will the true and grateful Give the crown of life, who faithful Did remain in trials severe; Second death he need not fear.”
6. He from whom is now proceeding The two-edged, sharp piercing sword Speaks: “I know all things, perceiving Your strong faith kept in accord. Satan’s throne is where thou dwellest; Therefore see that thou repellest All who vex my children sore, And whose teachings I abhor.
7. “Blest is he who overcometh, Whose brave heart naught can deceive, Who in time of grace repenteth, Worldly splendor ne’er receives. Him with manna I’ll be feeding, And the faithful one providing With a new white stone of fame, Where is written his new name.”
8. God’s own Son to thee is speaking, Whose bright eyes as fire do blaze; “Deeds of heart and hands I’m seeking, Blest ye battlers rich in grace!” Thou, thy faith and love retaining, Art in patience e’er enduring; For thy love doth burn with zeal, And thy deeds much fruit do yield.
9. “But thou hast to my displeasure Jezebel who doth mislead, Who appears as having treasure Of the true and righteous creed; But she sadly is deceiving All my servants who receiving Aught from her of doctrines vile Of the world, which doth defile.
10. “Blest is he who overcometh And doth teach the statues pure, Who resists the fascination Of the world, which doth allure. They shall rule in close relation Then with me o’er all the nations; Who in deeds now faithful are, Shall receive the morning star.”
11. Thus says He, who seven spirits Has of God and seven stars, “Where now is thy zeal of merit? From the goal thou hast gone far. Thou art dead, without faith living, Who should others strength be giving. Rise, awake, lose not the strife! Seek new vigor and new life!
12. “Blest are they who trials enduring Who do daily here await For the day in preparation, Keep their raiment pure in faith, Who in little proving grateful, E’er with me, remaining faithful, Their new names which they attain In life’s book shall e’er remain.”
13. So doth speak the true and holy, Who the key of David has Who retains the power solely O’er the door of life and grace, “See, before thee I have given Now an open door to heaven, For thou hast thy strength preserved, Which though small, and kept my word.
14. “See! to thee I will surrender Satan’s seemingly true band, Who appear as truth’s defender, But in faith they do not stand; They shall yet in grave depression Then acknowledge with confession That I love and hold thee dear, Who in faith doth persevere.
15. “Blest is he who overcometh And his crown doth hold secure, Who the truth have as their armor And reproach with joy endure; They, as pillars, in my mansion There above of great expansion, Shall then bear my name so true, In Jerusalem the new.”
16. And the Faithful, Amen, saith, Refuge and the Witness true, “Oh, thy works to me are hateful; From my mouth I will thee spue; Neither cold nor hot, thus living Art thou me now sadly grieving; As lukewarm thou dost not burn In the love for which I yearn.”
17. “O that thou wouldst now consider, And in sorrow realize Thy lamentable condition, And the blindness of thine eyes; Yea, thy naked situation And thy poverty’s vexation. Purchase gold, my treasure bright, And eye salve and raiment white.”
18. Blest is he who overcometh And the Lord’s rebuke so meek Doth receive in true submission, When he knocks and entrance seeks. For our heart He is desiring To unite with Him. Inspiring Us, He shows where He doth reign; Great reward the victor’s gain.
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!