Go out into the highways and hedges…that my house may be filled.@Luke 14:23
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William A. Ogden (1841–1897)

At­tribut­ed to Ma­ry A. Kid­der in the New Sil­ver Song, by Will­iam Og­den (To­le­do, Ohio: Will­ard W. Whi­tney, 1872), page 91, alt. A few lat­er hym­nals cred­it the words to U.N.O. (a pseu­do­nym?).

Will­iam A. Og­den (🔊 pdf nwc).

Open the door for the children,
Tenderly gather them in,
In from the highways and hedges,
In from the places of sin.
Some are so young and so helpless,
Some are so hungry and cold;
Open the door for the children,
Gather them into the fold.

Refrain

Gather them in, oh, gather them in,
Gather, oh, gather them in;
Open the door for the children,
Gather them into the fold.

Open the door for the children,
See! They are coming in throngs;
Bid them sit down to the banquet,
Teach them your beautiful songs.
Pray you the Father to bless them,
Pray you that grace may be giv’n;
Open the door for the children,
Such is the kingdom of Heav’n.

Refrain

Open the door for the children,
Take the dear lambs by the hand;
Point them to truth and to Jesus,
Point them to Heaven’s bright land.
Some are so young and so helpless,
Some are so hungry and cold;
Open the door for the children,
Gather them into the fold.

Refrain