Psalter manuscript

To the Church in Smyrna (Revelation 2b)


Tune: Skye Boat Song

These are the words of the first and the last
Spoken through mystic seer.
You who would know what must soon come to pass
Let now your ear this hear;

Slander and scorn meekly you’ve born
Falsely you’ve been accused;
Heresy’s weeds poison your creeds
Subtly your mind’s confused.

When in the days that the Lord has ordained
Trouble and suffering bite
Satan, recall, has surely been chained
Take up your shield and fight;

Save not in strife even your life
Fickle will be Hell’s frown;
You will indeed surely receive
From Christ your keeper a crown.

Steve Layfield – October 2012

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