The Open Door

From distant lands appealing

Author: Priscilla J. Owens
Tune: [From distant lands appealing]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 From distant lands appealing,
There comes a cry for aid;
The day of Christ’s revealing
Breaks from the midnight shade;
While each expectant nation
Stands waiting on the shore,
O heralds of salvation,
Behold the open door.

Behold the open door,
Behold the open door,
O heralds of salvation,
Behold the open door.

2 God’s lightings cleave the ocean
To bear His words of cheer,
He guides the storm’s commotion
To draw the lands more near;
He breaks their bars asunder,
They melt His love before,
And men cry out in wonder,
“Behold the open door.” [Chorus]

3 God’s finger points thee onward,
Fear not the tempest’s frown,
The world is rolling sunward,
The Cross shines out a Crown;
Ye, to whom much is given,
O love and labor more;
Then sweet the voice from heaven,
“Behold the open door.” [Chorus]

Source: Gospel Praise Book.: a collection of choice gems of sacred song suitable for church service, gospel praise meetings, and family devotions. (Complete ed.) #202

Author: Priscilla J. Owens

Owens, Priscilla Jane, was born July 21, 1829, of Scotch and Welsh descent, and is now (1906) resident at Baltimore, where she is engaged in public-school work. For 50 years Miss Owen has interested herself in Sunday-school work, and most of her hymns were written for children's services. Her hymn in the Scotch Church Hymnary, 1898, "We have heard a joyful sound" (Missions), was written for a Sunday-school Mission Anniversary, and the words were adapted to the chorus "Vive le Roi" in the opera The Huguenots. [Rev. James Bonar, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix II (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: From distant lands appealing
Title: The Open Door
Author: Priscilla J. Owens
Refrain First Line: Behold the open door



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

Gospel Praise Book, enlarged ed. #d39

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Gospel Praise Book. #202

The Gem of Gems #d43

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