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Would you fear to have your windows open

Would you fear to have your windows open

Author: F. E. Belden
Tune: [Would you fear to have your windows open]
Published in 4 hymnals

Representative Text

1. Would you fear to have your windows open
Three times each day,
If sinners saw that you were kneeling
Three times to pray?

Keep your windows open to'ard Jerusalem,
Keep your windows open to'ard Jerusalem;
Keep your windows open to'ard Jerusalem,
And always pray.

2. Would you offer up a bold petition
If well you knew
That awful den of roaring lions
Awaited you? [Chorus]

3. Would you kneel believing ev'ry promise
The Lord has giv'n?
Or thinking silent prayer sufficient
For you and heav'n? [Chorus]

4. The lesson taught is not to offer
A world wide prayer:
'Tis duty first, and then the promise
Of heav'nly care. [Chorus]

5. Then kneel at morning, noon, and evning,
Nor ever fear
That others who are unbelieving
Your prayer may hear. [Chorus]

Source: The Gospel Awakening: a collection of original and selected "hymns and spiritual songs" for the use in gospel meetings everywhere #143

Author: F. E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Would you fear to have your windows open
Author: F. E. Belden
Refrain First Line: Keep your windows open toward Jerusalem
Copyright: Public Domain



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Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d1342

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Joyful Greeting #149

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The Gospel Awakening #143

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book #1227

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