Scripture Verse

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. Luke 13:24

Introduction

Words & Mu­sic: Da­vid E. Dortch, Gos­pel Me­lo­dies (Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see: Cum­ber­land Pres­by­ter­i­an Pub­lish­ing, 1890) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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David E. Dortch
(1851–1928)

Lyrics

Someone will knock at the saints’ bright home,
And hear the Lord saying, You can not come;
With sadness he’ll mourn
O’er his sorrowful state;
Turned away from the beautiful gate.
Turned away from the beautiful gate,
Turned away from the beautiful gate,
With sadness he’ll mourn
O’er his sorrowful state;
Turned away from the beautiful gate.

Someone will hear the angels’ song,
And wish he could join with the happy throng;
With sighings he’ll mourn
O’er his sorrowful state,
Turned away from the beautiful gate.
Turned away from the beautiful gate,
Turned away from the beautiful gate,
With sighings he’ll mourn
O’er his sorrowful state,
Turned away from the beautiful gate.

Someone will stand with an aching heart,
While Jesus pronounces the word, depart;
With groanings he’ll mourn
O’er his sorrowful state,
Turned away from the beautiful gate.
Turned away from the beautiful gate,
Turned away from the beautiful gate,
With groanings he’ll mourn
O’er his sorrowful state,
Turned away from the beautiful gate.

Someone will linger with tearful eyes,
While Christ and His people ascend the skies;
With weeping he’ll mourn
O’er his sorrowful state,
Turned away from the beautiful gate.
Turned away from the beautiful gate,
Turned away from the beautiful gate,
With weeping he’ll mourn
O’er his sorrowful state,
Turned away from the beautiful gate.