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What though my joys and comfort die?
The Lord my savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.

(My Life Flows On In Endless Song)

The Waiting Guest

Soul, a stranger stands at thy heart's closed door

Author: Chas. H. Gabriel
Tune: [Soul, a stranger stands at thy heart's closed door]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

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1 Soul, a stranger stands at thy heart’s closed door!
Fairest of the fair, and thy guest He would be;
O’er His head a halo of glory shines—
‘Tis the blessed Saviour, and He calleth to thee.

Knocking at the door, knocking at the door,
Patiently and lovingly He waits,
Thee, He seeks to win, O, let the Saviour in,
While He’s knocking, knocking at the door.

2 He a crown of thorns weareth on His brow;
See the cruel prints of the nails in His hands!
Surely this is He, and He’s waiting now,
Will you not admit Him? See! He patiently stands! [Refrain]

3 Often-times before you have heard Him knock,
Heard His gentle pleading “O give me thy heart.”
Let the Saviour in! turn the rusted lock,
Ere in sorrow He from thee forever depart. [Refrain]

Source: Exalted Praise: a twentieth century collection of sacred hymns for the church, Sunday school, and devotional meetings #18

Author: Chas. H. Gabriel

Pseudonyms: C. D. Emerson, Charlotte G. Homer, S. B. Jackson, A. W. Lawrence, Jennie Ree… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Soul, a stranger stands at thy heart's closed door
Title: The Waiting Guest
Author: Chas. H. Gabriel
Refrain First Line: Knocking at the door


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Exalted Praise #18

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