Behold, I stand at the door and knock.@Revelation 3:20
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Harriet B. Stowe (1812-1896)

Adapted from Harriet B. Stowe’s poem Knocking, in her Light after Darkness: Religious Poems, 1867. This version appeared in The Prize, edited by George F. Root (Chicago. Illinois: Root & Cady, 1870).

George F. Root, 1870 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Seek Ye the Lord
Carl Schoenherr

Knocking, knocking, who is there?
Waiting, waiting, oh, how fair!
’Tis a pilgrim, strange and kingly,
Never such was seen before,
Ah, my soul, for such a wonder,
Wilt thou not undo the door?

Knocking, knocking! still He’s there:
Waiting, waiting, wondrous fair!
But the door is hard to open
For the weeds and ivy vine,
With their dark and clinging tendrils,
Ever round the hinges twine.

Knocking, knocking—what, still there?
Waiting, waiting, grand and fair!
Yes, the piercèd hand still knocketh,
And beneath the crownèd hair
Beam the patient eyes, so tender,
Of thy Savior waiting there.