Scripture Verse

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.@Psalm 51:1
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Ellen O. Van Fleet
(1842–1893)

Words: El­len O. Van Fleet, in Gos­pel Bells, ed­it­ed by Otis F. Pres­brey, John W. Bisch­off & Jer­e­mi­ah E. Ran­kin (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: West­ern Sun­day School Pub­lishing, 1880), num­ber 85. Some hym­nals give the au­thor as El­len Oliver, Van Fleet’s mai­den name.

Music: E. B. Smith (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

The door of God’s mercy is open,
To all who are weary of sin.
And Jesus is patiently waiting,
Still waiting, to welcome you in.

Refrain

Come, says the Savior, come enter the gate;
I watch by the portals both early and late,
Lest some precious soul, not far from the goal,
Should wander away into darkness and hate,
And miss it forever, the pearly gate.

The world is e’er wantonly wooing
Your soul from the ways of the blest;
But Jesus is tenderly bidding
You turn to His heavenly rest.

Refrain

So many who hear the glad message
Will never its mandates obey,
But turn from the precious, dear pleadings,
And willfully wander away.

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Sad hearts there will surely be mourning
Outside of the gateway of life,
And praying to Him they rejected
When earth with gay pleasures was rife.

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The door of God’s mercy is open,
Invitingly open to all
Who list to the voice of the Master,
And hearing shall heed His sweet call.

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