Why stand I lingering without,
In fear, and weariness, and doubt,
When all is light within?
O Thou, the new and living way,
The trembler’s guide, the sinner’s stay,
My high priest, lead me in!
I know the mercy seat is there,
On which Thou sitt’st to answer prayer;
I know the blood is shed;
The everlasting covenant sealed,
The everlasting grace revealed,
And life has reached the dead!
Not the mere paradise below;
The heaven of heavens is opened now,
And we its bliss regain;
Guarded so long by fire and sword,
The gate stands wide, the way restored,
The veil is rent in twain!
Without the cloud and gloom appear,
The peril and the storm are near,
The foe is raging round;
Then let me boldly enter in,
There end my danger, fear, and sin,
And rest on holy ground.