O Christian, if the needy poor

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1 O Christian, if the needy poor
Have e'er unheeded been,
Beware, lest at thy closed door
The Saviour stood unseen!
Let heart and house be open thrown,
Thy gifts with others share;
Let holy charity be shown
To all who need thy care.

2 Then, while thy glance abroad is cast,
The Lord is by thy side;
For thro' the open door He passed,
When they were not denied.
And ere thy kindly heart could guess
Who entered by the door,
His gracious hands were raised to bless
Thy basket and thy store.

3 And He shall bless thee all life's day,
With His almighty love;
And crown thee in eternity
That waits the just above,
Where soon the pearly gates of light
His hand shall open throw
To all who now with Him unite
In ministry below.

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #694

Author: Sarah B. Findlater

Sarah Laurie Borthwick Findlater (1823-1907) sister of Jane Laurie Borthwick was born in Edinburgh, where her father managed the North British Insurance Office. Sarah married Eric John Findlater, a pastor in the Free Church of Scotland. Findlater and her sister Jane’s English translations were collected in German Hymns from the Land of Luther, which appeared in four volumes (1854-1862), --The Presbyterian Hymnal Companion  Go to person page >

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Author: Sarah B. Findlater


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