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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
The Heart’s Song
By Arthur Cleveland Coxe (1818–1896)
 
[From Christian Ballads. 1840.—Revised Edition. 1887.]

IN the silent midnight watches,
  List—thy bosom door!
How it knocketh, knocketh, knocketh,
  Knocketh evermore!
Say not—’Tis thy pulse’s beating,        5
  ’Tis thy heart of sin;
’Tis thy Saviour knocks, and crieth,
  Rise and let me in!
 
Death comes down with ruthless footstep
  To the hall or hut:        10
Think you Death will tarry knocking
  Where the door is shut?
Jesus waiteth—waiteth—waiteth,
  But the door is fast;
Grieved, away the Saviour goeth:        15
  Death breaks in at last.
 
Then ’tis thine to stand entreating
  Christ to let thee in:
At the gate of heaven beating,
  Wailing for thy sin.        20
Nay, alas! thou foolish virgin,
  Hast thou then forgot
Jesus waited long to know thee,
  But—He knows thee not.

  1840.
 
 
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