(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)
O Jesus, Thou art standing Outside the fast-closed door,
In lowly patience waiting To pass the threshold o’er:
Shame on us, Christian brothers, His Name and sign who bear,
O shame, thrice shame upon us, To keep Him standing there!
O Jesus, 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 has no equal, So fast to bar the gate!
O jesus, 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 Savior, enter, enter, And leave us nevermore!