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A Hymn That Opens Hearts

William Walsham How, 1867.

O Jesus, Thou art standing

Outside the fast-closed door,

In lowly patience waiting

To pass the threshold o’er:

Shame on us, Christian brothers,

His Name and sign who bear:

O shame, thrice shame upon us,

To keep Him standing there!

O Jesus, Thou art knocking;

And lo, that hand is scarred,

And thorns Thy brow encircle,

And tears Thy face have marred:

O love that passeth knowledge,

So patiently to wait!

O sin that hath no equal,

So fast to bar the gate!

O Jesus, Thou art pleading

In accents meek and low,

“I died for you, My children,

And will ye treat Me so?”

O Lord, with shame and sorrow

We open now the door;

Dear Saviour, enter, enter,

And leave us nevermore.

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