1 Open the door of your heart, dear child,
Unto God’s angels of truth;
Unto the pure and undefiled
Open the heart of youth.
Turning aside from the things untrue,
Bidding the tempter depart,
Heed the sweet voices that call to you,
“Open to God your heart.”
Your heart fling open,
God will his blessing impart
Let him for aye in the soul abide,
Open to him your heart.
2 Open to him lest you miss the goal,
Prize that shall ever abide,
Tho’ts of the holy will lift the soul
Up to the Crucified.
Beautiful roses will bloom for you,
Treasures of music and art,
All may be yours if you seek the true;
Within undivided heart. [Refrain]
3 Open the door to a gen’rous life,
Work out in action your creeds;
Heed not the voices of sin and strife,
Fill earth with noble deeds.
Unto the city by angels trod,
Heav’n has provided one chart,
Only the love of the Christ of God;
Let his inspire your heart. [Refrain]
Born: March 31, 1874, Washington, DC.
Died: March 27, 1955, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Buried: International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
After attending college in Battle Creek, Michigan, Harris produced his first hymnal in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1902. He then moved to Chicago, Illinois at the invitation of Peter Bilhorn, and in 1932, to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He composed and compiled a number of works, and was well known locally as he walked around with a canvas bag full of handbooks for sale. His works include:
Light and Life Songs, with William Olmstead & William Kirkpatrick (Chicago, Illinois: S. K. J. Chesbro, 1904)
Little Branches, with George J. Meyer & Howard E. Smith (Chicago, Illi… Go to person page >