I Stood Outside the Gate

I stood outside the gate

Author: Josephine Pollard
Published in 47 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 I stood outside the gate,
A poor way-faring child;
Within my heart there beat
A tempest loud and wild;
A fear oppressed my soul,
That I might be too late;
And, oh, I trembled sore,
And prayed outside the gate.

2 “O Mercy!” loud I cried,
“Now give me rest from sin!”
“I will,” a voice replied,
And Mercy let me in:
She bound my bleeding wounds,
And soothed my heart oppressed,
She washed away my guilt,
And gave me peace and rest.

3 In Mercy’s guise I knew
The Savior long abused,
Who often sought my heart,
And wept when I refused;
Oh, what a blest return
For all my years of sin!
I stood outside the gate,
And Jesus let me in.

Select Hymns, 1911 (Timeless Truths)

Author: Josephine Pollard

Josephine Pollard USA 1834-1892. Born at NYC, NY, one of seven children and daughter of an architect, she attended an exclusive girls school, Spingler Institute, and was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church. She was a founding member of the professional women’s club, Sorosis. She never married. She became an author, poet, and hymnist, writing many children’s books and for children’s magazines, including Harper’s, Scribner’s, and the New York Ledger. She wrote 44 books, mostly religious, for children, but also about history, birds, sports and games, and adventure stories. She also wrote 100+ hymn lyrics as well. She worked as an editor for the Sunday School Times and for the Methodist Book Concern, where she edited… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I stood outside the gate
Title: I Stood Outside the Gate
Author: Josephine Pollard
Meter: D 6.6
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Jesus is calling, is calling
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #3074
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Timeless Truths #607
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The Cyber Hymnal #3074


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