Scripture Verse

I have set before thee an open door. Revelation 3:8

Introduction

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John B. Dykes
(1823–1876)

Words: Os­wald Al­len, Hymns of the Chris­tian Life (Lon­don: Nis­bet, 1861), page 102.

Music: Blair­gow­rie John B. Dykes, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Today Thy mercy calls me
To wash away my sin;
However great my trespass,
Whate’er I may have been;
However long from mercy
I may have turned away,
Thy blood, O Christ, can cleanse me,
And make me white today.

Today Thy gate is open,
And all who enter in
Shall find a Father’s welcome,
And pardon for their sin;
The past shall be forgotten,
A present joy be given;
A future grace be promised,
A glorious crown in Heav’n.

Today the Father calls me,
The Holy Spirit waits,
The blessèd angels gather
Around the heav’nly gates;
No question will be asked me,
How often I have come;
Although I oft have wandered,
It is my Father’s home.

O all embracing mercy,
Thou ever open door,
What shall I do without thee
When heart and eyes run o’er?
When all things seem against me,
To drive me to despair,
I know one gate is open,
One ear will hear my prayer.