Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: Her­bert Kyn­as­ton, Oc­ca­sion­al Hymns (Lon­don: R. Clay, Son, & Tay­lor, 1862), pag­es 3–4.

Music: Cha­ri­ot J. Will­iams (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Will­iams’ full name, or where to get a good pic­ture of him or Kyn­as­ton, would you ?

Lyrics

The night is far spent,
And the day is at hand,
There are signs in the heaven,
And signs on the land,
In the wavering earth,
And the drought of the sea—
But He stands and He knocks,
Sinner, nearer to thee.

His night winds but whisper
Until the day break
To the Bride, for in slumber
Her heart is awake:
He must knock at the sleep
Where the revelers toss
With the dint of the nails
And the shock of the cross.

Look out at the casement,
See how He appears,
Still weeping for thee
All Gethsemane’s tears;
Ere they plait Him earth’s thorns,
In its solitude crowned,
With the drops of the night
And the dew of the ground.

Will you wait? Will you slumber
Until He is gone?
Till the beam of the timber
Cry out to the stone?
Till He shout at thy sepulcher,
Tear it apart,
And knock at the dust,
Who would speak to thy heart?