537. O Jesu, thou art standing

1 O Jesu, thou art standing
outside the fast-closed door,
in lowly patience waiting
to pass the threshold o'er:
shame on us, Christian brethren,
his name and sign who bear,
oh shame, thrice shame upon us
to keep him standing there!

2 O Jesu, thou art knocking;
and lo! That hand is scarred,
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
so fast to bar the gate!

3 O Jesu, thou art pleading
in accents meek and low,
'I died for you, my children,
and will ye treat me so?'
O Lord, with shame and sorrow
we open now the door:
dear Saviour, enter, enter,
and leave us never more!

Text Information
First Line: O Jesu, thou art standing
Author: William Walsham How, 1823-1897
Meter: D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2010
Topic: General Hymns: Service and Witness
Tune Information
Composer: Reginald Francis Dale, 1845-1919
Meter: D
Key: D Major

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