Scripture Verse

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20


Words: J. Tra­viss Lock­wood, in Mur­ray’s Songs for Sun­day Schools and Gos­pel Meet­ings (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: White & Smith, 1876), page 49.

Music: Krung Thep George F. Root, 1876 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Lock­wood’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


On the threshold lo! there standeth
One whose voice we’ve heard before;
And He patiently demandeth
Entrance at the closèd door:
Guilty sinner, let me in!
I have come to cleanse your sin.

Hark! how tenderly He’s pleading,
I am standing at the door;
Whilst the sinner, still unheeding,
Keeps it barred as heretofore.
But the sceptered kingly hand
Still an entrance doth demand.

’Tis the Sav­ior, long rejected,
Wakes the echoes of the heart;
’Tis His voice, so long neglected,
Bids our evil guests depart;
And Himself our guest would stay,
Keeping evil foes away.

O, behold His side so piercèd,
Wounded hands and feet and brow;
By His wounds from sin releasèd,
We may hail Him Sav­ior now;
Coming, He would give us rest,
All by Him so long unblest.

Come Thou in! no longer standing
Knocking at our heedless heart;
Come, and all our soul commanding,
Never more from thence depart.
Be our guest, and be our Lord,
Crown and joy and great reward.