I stand at the door, and knock.@Revelation 3:20
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From Treasures of the Bible
Henry Davenport Northrop, 1894

Christ­opher C. Cline, Pop­u­lar Hymns (Lou­is­ville, Ken­tuc­ky: C. C. Cline, 1883).

Saint-Cloud, Christ­o­pher C. Cline, 1883 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Christopher C. Cline
(1848–1920)

Why keep Jesus waiting,
Waiting in the cold?
He will bear you gently,
Gently to His fold;
See Him, soul, and open,
Open, I implore.

Why keep Jesus waiting,
Waiting at the door?
Oft He knocketh softly,
Softly, o’er and o’er;
Hear Him, soul, and open,
Open, I implore.

Why keep Jesus pleading,
Pleading at the door?
He would be your Savior,
Ever, evermore;
Love Him, soul, and open,
Open, I implore.

Why keep Jesus waiting—
Knocking at the door?
Soon He’ll cease His pleading,
Yes, forevermore;
Come, poor soul, obey Him,
Open, I implore.