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'Twas dark, and I, with inward fear

'Twas dark, and I, with inward fear

Author: Edwin H. Nevin
Tune: ['Twas dark, and I, with inward fear]
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 ‘Twas dark, and I, with inward, fear,
Stood like a culprit, weeping, near
The house in which my Saviour dwelt;
Such pang my soul had never felt.
A voice addressed me from within:—

“Lift up the latch, lift up the latch,
Lift up the latch, and enter in,
Lift up the latch, and enter in.”

2 But in my deepest heart I know
That I had sinned, and basely too;
I trifled with his blood and tears,
And slighted him for months and years.
But still the voice was heard within:— [Refrain]

3 But I would rather not comply
Until my soul to mend I try;
I need a better heart before
I could be welcome at the door;
But still the voice was heard within:— [Refrain]

4 “Not now,” I said, “’twill do again,
When I am free from all my pain;
No sighing ones are wanted there,
Where songs of gladness fill the air.”
But still the voice was heard within:— [Refrain]

5 With all my sin and guilt oppresst,
With heart of stone within my breast,
Dear Saviour, wouldst thou honored be
With guest unholy, vile, like me?
“Yes,” said the voice that spake within, [Refrain]

Source: The Ark of Praise #91

Author: Edwin H. Nevin

Nevin, Edwin Henry, D.D., son of Major David Nevin, was born at Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, May 9, 1814. He graduated in Arts at Jefferson College, 1833; and in Theology at Princeton Seminary, in 1836. He held several pastorates as a Presbyterian Minister from 1836 to 1857; then as a Congregational Minister from 1857 to 1868; and then, after a rest of six years through ill health, as a Minister of the Reformed Church, first at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and then in Philadelphia. Dr. Nevin is the author of several hymns, the more important of which are:— 1. Always with me [us], always with [us] me. Jesus always present. 2. Come up hither, come away. Invitation Heavenward. 3. Happy, Saviour, would I be. Trust. This is given in t… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: 'Twas dark, and I, with inward fear
Author: Edwin H. Nevin
Refrain First Line: Lift up the latch