Scripture Verse

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock. Revelation 3:20

Introduction

Words: Hand­ley C. G. Moule, in Hymns of Con­se­cra­tion and Faith, se­cond ed­i­tion, 1890.

Music: More­cambe Fred­er­ick C. At­kin­son, 1870 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of At­kin­son (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Handley C. G. Moule
(1841–1920)

Lyrics

Come in, O come! the door stands open now;
I knew Thy voice, Lord Jesus, it was Thou;
The sun has set long since, the storms begin;
’Tis time for Thee, my Savior, O come in!

Alas, ill ordered shows the dreary room;
The household stuff lies heaped amidst the gloom,
The table empty stands, the couch undressed;
Ah, what a welcome for th’Eternal Guest!

Yet welcome, and tonight this doleful scene
Is e’en itself my cause to hail Thee in;
This dark confusion e’en at once demands
Thine own bright presence,
Lord, and ord’ring hands.

I seek no more to alter things, or mend,
Before the coming of so great a Friend;
All were at best unseemly, and ’twere ill
Beyond all else to keep Thee waiting still.

Come, not to find, but make this troubled heart
A dwelling worthy of Thee as Thou art;
To chase the gloom, the terror, and the sin:
Come, all Thyself, yea come, Lord Jesus, in!