1 If some kind wealthy friend should wait,
An earnest suppliant at your gate;
Should knock, and ask admittance there,
To make of you his happy heir,
How long would you delay in doubt,
And keep your benefactor out?
Would you his precious gifts contemn,
And treat with scorn both him and them?
2 How oft your Friend, from heav'n above,
Has knock'd and told you of his love;
From day to day, from year to year
He calls, but oh, you will not hear!
He offers you the pearl of price,
His own most costly merchandise,
A heavenly house, and heavenly lands,
A seat among the angel bands.
3 Say, is it wise in you to shun
A brighter crown than kings have won,
A fortune richer far than all
The gold of this terrestrial ball;
And glory, such as never shone
Around an earthly monarch's throne?
Oh! is it wise in you to slight
Unfading joys--unmix'd delight?
4 Arouse you from your sleep of sin,
And let your heavenly Friend come in;
Once more he knocks, oh! hear his voice,
And you shall in his love rejoice;
The bars remove, the door throw wide,
And bid him in your heart abide:
On earth be Christ your welcome guest,
In heaven with him be ever blest.
Hunter, William, D.D, son of John Hunter, was born near Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland, May 26, 1811. He removed to America in 1817, and entered Madison College in 1830. For some time he edited the Conference Journal, and the Christian Advocate. In 1855 he was appointed Professor of Hebrew in Alleghany College: and subsequently Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, at Alliance, Stark Country, Ohio. He died in 1877. He edited Minstrel of Zion, 1845; Select Melodies, 1851; and Songs of Devotion, 1859. His hymns, over 125 in all, appeared in these works. Some of these have been translated into various Indian languages. The best known are :—
1. A home in heaven; what a joyful thought. Heaven a Home. From his Minstrel of Zion, 1… Go to person page >