If any man enter in, he shall be saved.@John 10:9
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Fan­ny Cros­by (1820–1915)

Fan­ny Cros­by, in Bright­est and Best, by Ro­bert Low­ry & Howard Doane (New York & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1875), pag­es 124–25.

W. How­ard Doane (🔊 pdf nwc).

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W. Howard Doane (1832–1915)

I have longed for the bliss of pardon,
And sighed to be cleansed from sin;
And I know if I come believing,
My Savior will let me in;
For the door of His love is open,
He waiteth for those who seek;
But I tremble with fear and doubting;
O, why is my faith so weak?

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O precious Savior!
I know I have slighted Thy mercy;
It comes, it comes,
It comes to me more and more;
But softly Thy Spirit whispers to me,
There’s life at the open door.

I have clung to the hopes that perish,
And now, in my hour of need,
How they die in my heart, and leave me
As frail as a broken reed;
I have hardly the strength or courage,
But O I will try once more;
There is life if my faith can reach it,
There’s life at the open door.

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I will trust though I walk in darkness,
And pray till the light I see;
For the blood that has cleansed the vilest,
Will surely avail for me;
I have only this plea to offer,
That Jesus for me has died;
And with only my heart to give Him,
I haste to His bleeding side.

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I have longed for the bliss of pardon,
And sighed to be cleansed from sin;
And I knock at the door, believing
That Jesus will let me in;
O the faith in my soul grows stronger,
I tremble with fear no more;
’Tis my Savior that bids me welcome;
I enter the open door.

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