1 A hand all bruised and bleeding is knocking at the door,
Is knocking at the door of your heart;
It is the hand of Jesus, who long has knocked before,
Though oft you have told him to depart.
Oh, don’t you hear him knocking at the door?
He’s knocking at the door to come in;
He wants an invitation to cross your threshold o’er,
Then Jesus will save you from all sin.
2 How often when in sickness, your body racked with pain,
This knocking resounded in your ears;
How often in the nighttime the knock would come again,
So loud it would fill your soul with fears. [Refrain]
3 While standing by the casket of some departed friend,
With sorrow your heart was sick and sore;
What caused that train of thinking of how your life would end?
That hand was then knocking at the door. [Refrain]
4 Why will you keep him knocking? why won’t you let him in?
He’ll fill your pathway with delight;
That hand so torn and bleeding will wash away your sin,
Oh, welcome the Savior in tonight. [Refrain]
Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church.
Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher.
For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >
Display Title: Hear Him KnockingFirst Line: A hand all bruised and bleedingTune Title: [A hand all bruised and bleeding]Author: Johnson Oatman, Jr.Source: Songs of Love and Praise No. 4, by John R. Sweney & Henry Gilmour (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: John J. Hood, 1897)