9702. Christ In His Heavenly Garden

1 Christ in His heavenly garden walks all day,
And calls to souls upon the world’s highway;
Wearied with trifles, maimed and sick with sin,
Christ by the gate stands, and invites them in.

2 “How long, unwise, will ye pursue your woe?
Here from the throne sweet waters ever go:
Here the white lilies shine like stars above:
Here in the red rose burns the face of love.

3 “’Tis not from earthly paths I bid you flee,
But lighter in My ways your feet will be:
’Tis not to summon you from human mirth,
But add a depth and sweetness not of earth.

4 “Still by the gate I stand as on ye stray:
Turn your steps hither: am not I the Way?
The sun is falling fast; the night is nigh:
Why will ye wander? Wherefore will ye die?

5 Look on My hands and side, for I am He:
None to the Father cometh, but by Me:
For you I died; once more I call you home:
I live again for you: My children, come!

Text Information
First Line: Christ in His heavenly garden walks all day
Title: Christ In His Heavenly Garden
Author: Francis T. Palgrave
Language: English
Source: Chapel Melodies by Silas J. Vail and Robert Lowry (New York: Biglow & Main, 1868)
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternative tune: KENSINGTON by William D. MacLagan (1826-1910)
Tune Information
Composer: Ernest Littlewood (before 1924)
Key: D Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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