1 Listen! listen! he is there,
Knocking, knocking, worn with care;
’Tis the Kingly One, the Stranger,
He who comes from glory down;
Cradled once in Bethl’em’s manger,
Wearning now of thorns a crown.
2 Listen! listen! thee he seeks,
Knocking, knocking, yes, he speaks;
What poor soul, dost thou not know him?
With night’s dews his locks are wet;
Surely thou wilt kindness show him,
What tho’ vows thou dost forget.
3 Listen! listen! at the door,
Knocking, knocking, o’er and o’er;
“Sinner, sinner, long I’ve sought thee,”
This he says to you and me;
On the cross with blood I’ve bought thee,
“Will thou not my foll’wer be?”
4 Listen! listen! still the same,
Knocking, knocking, ’twas thy name;
Hark his accents, soft and tender!
Yes, I will unbar the door;
Enter, I make full surrender,
Reign within me evermore.
Pseudonym: R. E. Jeremy.
Rankin, Jeremiah Eames, D.D., was born at Thornton, New Haven, Jan. 2, 1828, and educated at Middleburg College, Vermont, and at Andover. For two years he resided at Potsdam, U.S. Subsequently he held pastoral charges as a Congregational Minister at New York, St. Albans, Charlestown, Washington ( District of Columbia), &c. In 1878 he edited the Gospel Temperance Hymnal, and later the Gospel Bells. His hymns appeared in these collections, and in D. E. Jones's Songs of the New Life, 1869. His best known hymn is "Labouring and heavy laden" (Seeking Christ). This was "written [in 1855] for a sister who was an inquirer," was first printed in the Boston Recorder, and then included in Nason's Congregational Hymn Book,… Go to person page >