Scripture Verse

The sheep follow him, for they know his voice. John 10:4

Introduction

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James M. Black
(1856–1938)

Words: El­mer E. Per­son, in Songs of Faith and Hope, by James Black (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Jen­nings & Gra­ham, 1905).

Music: James M. Black (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Per­son (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Black, would you ?

Lyrics

The Shepherd stands at the open door—
He stands and waits for thee;
He’s calling now—has called before—
Oh, listen to His plea.

Refrain

He’s calling, calling, calling you,
Turn now, today, make Him your choice;
He’s calling, calling, calling you,
Oh, listen to the Shepherd’s voice.

He’s waiting at the outer gate—
The gate of the open fold;
Why linger then or hesitate?
His love cannot be told.

Refrain

Yield Him your hand, and heart and love,
Obey the Shepherd’s call;
Be numbered in that fold above,
Give Him your life, your all.

Refrain