Scripture Verse

I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. John 10:9

Introduction

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Charles H. Gabriel
1856–1932

Words: J. M. Sluss­er, in Song Prais­es, ed­it­ed by Charles H. Ga­bri­el (Car­bon­dale, Il­li­nois: Egypt­ian Pub­lish­ing, 1906), page 42.

Music: Charles H. Ga­bri­el (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Sluss­er’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

When the weary tasks of the day are done,
And our spirits welcome the setting sun,
In the twilight hush, lo!
The good Shepherd stands, calling, calling:

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I am the door, I am the door;
You are bruisèd, ye are thirsty;
Come, be healed and refreshed,
And go in and out, and find pasture.

Oh, the path was rough, and our hearts are sore,
For we lost the way, with the load we bore;
Blessèd shadows, fall, for
The good Shepherd stands, calling, calling:

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Oh, the blinding dust and the cruel thorn!
Is there room for such a torn, blackened form?
Hark! I hear my name, for
The good Shepherd stands, calling, calling:

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Oh, He knows the thorns, for they pierced His brow,
Yet He loved men then, and He loves us now,
Spite of stain and sin: still
The good Shepherd stands, calling, calling:

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