At the door of mercy sighing

At the door of mercy sighing

Author: Thomas MacKellar
Tune: [At the door of mercy sighing] (Hugg)
Published in 20 hymnals

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1 At the door of mercy sighing
With the burden of my sin,
Day and night my soul is crying,
“Open, Lord, and let me in.”
Waiting ‘mid the darkness dreary,
Stretching out my hands to Thee,
In the refuge for the weary
Is there not a place for me?
In the refuge for the weary
Is there not a place for me?

2 I have sought to earn Thy favor,
Caring not for toil or cost,
Yet I find not Him, my Saviour,
He who came to seek the lost.
Blessed Master! in Thy pity
Teach me what I ought to do,
So that in the holy city
I may gain an entrance too,
So that in the holy city
I may gain an entrance too.

3 Hark! what sounds mine ear receiveth,
Sweet as songs of seraphim!
He that in the Lord believeth
Life eternal hath in Him.
At the outer door why staying?
Nothing, soul! hast thou to pay:
Christ in love to thee is saying:
“Weary child, come in today.”
Christ in love to thee is saying:
“Weary child, come in today.”

4 But the depth of Jesus’ kindness!
But the height of Jesus’ grace!
Oh! the blackness of the blindness
That could not behold His face!
I saw not the door was open,
Nor my Lord invite me in:
Grace is mine beyond my hoping,
Mercy mightier than my sin.
Grace is mine beyond my hoping,
Mercy mightier than my sin.

Source: The Helper in Sacred Song: for Sunday-schools, churches, and devotional services #42

Author: Thomas MacKellar

Mackellar, Thomas, was born in New York, Aug. 12, 1812. At the age of 14 he entered the printing establishment of Harper Brothers. In 1833 he removed to Philadelphia and joined the type-foundry firm of Johnson & Smith, as proof reader. He subsequently became a foreman, and then a partner in that firm, which has been known from 1860 as Mackellar, Smiths, and Jordan, type-founders of Philadelphia. His publications include The American Printer, 1866, a prose work, and the following in verse:— (1) Droppings from the Heart, 1844; (2) Tam's Fortnight Ramble, 1847; (3) Lines for the Gentle and Loving, 1853; (4) Rhymes Atween Times, 1872. The last contains some of his hymns. (5) Hymns and a few Metrical Psalms, Phila. 1883 (71 hymns, 3 psalms… Go to person page >

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Carmina Sanctorum, a selection of hymns and songs of praise with tunes #347Page Scan
Carmina Sanctorum: a selection of hymns and songs of praise with tunes #347Page Scan
Corn In Egypt: a new book of wonderful merit for the Sunday-school, revivals, Christian Endeavor, Epworth league, young people's society and evangelistic work #52Page Scan
Exalted Praise, a New Collection of Hymns and Tunes #76Page Scan
Fairer than Day. enl. ed. #d9
Hymns and a Few Metrical Psalms (2nd ed.) #24Page Scan
Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #519Page Scan
Hymns and Tunes: for Public and Private Worship, and Sunday Schools #179Page Scan
Hymns for the Church on Earth: being three hundred and sixty-six hymns and spiritual songs. (For the most part of modern date.) (New Ed.) #325Page Scan
Hymns of the Ages for Public and Social Worship #443Page Scan
Hymns of the Ages for Public and Social Worship, Approved and Recommended ... by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. 2nd ed. #d34
Our Glad Hosanna #d21
Songs of Pilgrimage: a hymnal for the churches of Christ (2nd ed.) #1317Page Scan
Songs of Praise with Tunes #231Page Scan
Sunday-School Praises: prepared especially for use in the Sunday-School #156Page Scan
The Church Hymnary: a collection of hymns and tunes for public worship #443Page Scan
The Helper in Sacred Song: for Sunday-schools, churches, and devotional services #11TextAudioPage Scan
The Helper in Sacred Song: for Sunday-schools, churches, and devotional services #42TextAudioPage Scan
The People's Praise Book or Carmina Sanctorum #d41
The True Principles of the Science of Music #d3
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