48. The Stranger at the Door

1 Behold a Stranger at the door!
He gently knocks, has knock’d before,
Has waited long, is waiting still;
You treat no other friend so ill.

O, let the dear Saviour come in,
He'll cleanse the heart from sin;
O, keep him no more out at the door,
But let the dear Saviour come in.

2 O lovely attitude—he stands
With melting heart and laden hands;
O matchless kindness—and he shows
This matchless kindness to his foes. [Refrain]

3 But will He prove a friend indeed?
He will; the very Friend you need;
The Friend of sinners--yes 'tis He,
With garments dyed on Calvary. [Refrain]

4 Rise, touched with gratitude divine;
Turn out his enemy and thine,
That soul-destroying monster—sin,
And let the Heavenly Stranger in. [Refrain]

5 Admit him lest His anger burn—
His feet, departed, ne'er return;
Admit him, or the hour's at hand
When at his door rejected stand. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Behold a stranger at the door
Title: The Stranger at the Door
Refrain First Line: O, let the dear Saviour come in
Publication Date: 1879
Tune Information
Name: [Behold a stranger at the door]
Composer: T. C. O'Kane

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