118. Outside the Door

1 O Jesus! thou art standing
Outside the fast-closed door,
In lowly patience waiting
To pass the threshold o'er:
We bear the name of Christians,
Thy name and sign we bear:
O, shame, thrice shame upon us!
To keep thee standing there.

2 O Jesus! thou art knocking;
And lo! that hand is scarred,
And thorns thy brow encircle,
And tears thy face have marred;
O, love that passeth knowledge,
So patiently to wait!
O, sin that hath no equal,
So fast to bar the gate!

3 O Jesus! thou art pleading
In accents meek and low,
"I died for you, my children,
And will ye treat me so?"
O Lord, with shame and sorrow
We open now the door:
Dear Saviour, quickly enter,
And leave us nevermore!

Text Information
First Line: O Jesus! thou art standing
Title: Outside the Door
Author: Br. W. Walsham How
Language: English
Publication Date: 1908
Topic: Invitation and Repentance
Tune Information
Composer: Justin Heinrich Knecht
Meter: 7s & 6s. D.
Key: E♭ Major

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