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

Jonathan B. Atchinson, in The Gospel Choir, by Ira D. Sankey (New York: Biglow & Main, 1885).

Edwin O. Excell (🔊 pdf nwc).

In Great Britain this favorite hymn brought blessing to a retired colonel of the English army, at one of Mr. Moody’s meetings on the banks of the Thames. The colonel had become anxious about his spiritual condition, and decided to go to London to attend our meetings there. At the conclusion of one of the evening services, as he was about to leave the great building, his attention was arrested by a sweet voice singing, Let the Saviour in. On taking the train at Paddington station for Bournemouth, the song remained in his heart and the wheels of the train seemed to repeat in his ears the refrain, Let him in! let the Saviour in!

He went again to London and sought out the singer whose voice had so impressed him. She was a lady of high rank, and in the course of a few months became the wife of the gallant colonel. A year later they moved to Florida, where I had the pleasure of visiting them in their home. On my invitation, they accompanied me to a near-by town where I was holding meetings. At the conclusion of my lecture the lady sang this hymn again, and so sweetly that it moved the audience to tears.

Sankey, p. 189

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Edwin O. Excell (1851-1921)

There’s a stranger at the door,
Let Him in;
He has been there oft before,
Let Him in;
Let Him in, ere He is gone;
Let Him in, the Holy One,
Jesus Christ the Father’s Son,
Let Him in.

Open now to Him your heart,
Let Him in;
If you wait He will depart,
Let Him in;
Let Him in, He is your friend;
He your soul will sure defend,
He will keep you to the end,
Let Him in.

Hear you now His loving voice?
Let Him in;
Now, oh, now make Him your choice,
Let Him in;
He is standing at your door;
Joy to you He will restore,
And His name you will adore,
Let Him in.

Now admit the heav’nly guest,
Let Him in;
He will make for you a feast,
Let Him in;
He will speak your sins forgiv’n,
And when earth ties all are riv’n,
He will take you home to Heav’n,
Let Him in.