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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
I. Jesus at the Door
By William Walsham How (1823–1897)
          “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock.”
—Rev. iii. 20.    

O JESU, Thou art standing
  Outside the fast-closed door,
In lowly patience waiting
  To pass the threshold o’er.
Shame on us, Christian brothers,        5
  His name and sign who bear,
Oh, shame, thrice shame, upon us,
  To keep Him standing there!
O Jesu, Thou art knocking;
  And lo! that Hand is scarred,        10
And thorns Thy Brow encircle,
  And tears Thy Face have marred.
O love that passeth knowledge
  So patiently to wait!
O sin that hath no equal        15
  So fast to bar the gate!
O Jesu, Thou art pleading
  In accents meek and low—
“I died for you, My children,
  And will ye treat Me so?”        20
O Lord, with shame and sorrow
  We open now the door:
Dear Saviour, enter, enter,
  And leave us nevermore.

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