O weary soul, the gate is near, in sin why still abide

O weary soul, the gate is near, in sin why still abide

Author: James Rowe
Tune: [O weary soul the gate is near]
Published in 30 hymnals

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1 Oh, weary soul, the gate is near,
In sin why still abide?
Both peace and rest are waiting here
And you are just outside.

Just outside the door, just outside the door,
Behold, it stands ajar!
Just outside the door, just outside the door,
So near and yet so far!

2 Forgiveness Jesus will impart—
To save your soul He died;
How can you still offend His heart,
By staying just outside? [Chorus]

3 The day of life is passing by,
Soon night your soul will hide;
And then "too late" will be your cry,
If you are just outside! [Chorus]

4 Come in, be free from stains of sin;
Be glad, be satisfied;
Before the tempest breaks, come in,
And leave your past outside. [Chorus]

Source: Victory Songs: For the Church, Sunday School and Evangelistic Services. #194

Author: James Rowe

Pseudonym: James S. Apple. James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O weary soul, the gate is near, in sin why still abide
Author: James Rowe
Refrain First Line: Just outside the door



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Ackley's Gospel Songs #d36

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Awakening Songs for the Church, Sunday School and Evangelistic Services #1

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Awakening Songs #1

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Church Service Hymns #280

Coleman's Songs for Men #d102

Cross and Crown Hymnal, 3rd ed. #d319

Diamonds #d155

Divine Praise #d124

Golden Bells #108

Gospel Hymnal #d248

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Gospel Hymns and Songs #1

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Great Revival Hymns No.2 #170

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New Songs for Service #121

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New Songs of Praise and Power 1-2-3 Combined #372

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Rodeheaver's Gospel Songs for church, Sunday Schools and evangelistic services #196

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Sacred Selections for the Church #458

Songs for Men #85

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Songs for Service #185

Songs of Redemption #d154

Spiritual hymns of worship #d342

The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #511

The Church Hymnal #562

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The Cokesbury Worship Hymnal #250


The Cyber Hymnal #3401

The Gospel in Song #d90

The Lighthouse in Gospel Song #d146

The New Alphabetical Hymnal #d300

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Victory Songs #194

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Williston Hymns #29

Wonder Hymns of Faith #d151

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