1 Outside the gate, and yet so near the fountain
Where thou dost yearn to cool thy aching brow;
Outside the gate, thy only hope of mercy,
O weary heart, say, why not enter now?
Oh, enter now! say, why not enter now?
Believe on him who gave his life for thee;
Believe on him, and at his hand receive
The precious gift of pardon full and free.
2 Outside the gate, amid a thousand dangers,
A thousand ills thou hast no strength to meet,
And yet a step would change thy lost condition,
And bring thy soul to rest at Jesus’ feet. [Refrain]
3 Outside the gate, thy only place of refuge;
Oh, think how soon may end thy fleeting day;
The sun that rose upon its cloudless morning
May set in gloom and pass in tears away. [Refrain]
4 Outside the gate, and yet the Saviour tarries
And waits to hear thy penitential prayer;
He opens wide the portals of his mercy;
Delay no more, but haste to enter there. [Refrain]
Source: Joyful Sound: a collection of new hymns and music with familiar selections #37