Scripture Verse

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20


Words & Mu­sic: Ho­ra­tio R. Palm­er, in Wel­come Tid­ings, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert Low­ry et al. (New York: Big­low & Main, 1877), num­ber 27 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Horatio R. Palmer


Christ is knocking at my sad heart;
Shall I let Him in?
Patiently pleading with my sad heart;
Oh! shall I let Him in?
Cold and proud is my heart with sin;
Dark and cheerless is all within;
Christ is bidding me turn unto Him,
Oh! shall I let Him in?

Shall I send Him the loving word;
Shall I let Him in?
Meekly accepting my gracious Lord;
Oh! shall I let Him in?
He can infinite love impart;
He can pardon this rebel heart;
Shall I bid Him forever depart,
Or shall I let Him in?

Yes, I’ll open this heart’s proud door,
Yes, I’ll let him in;
Gladly I’ll welcome Him evermore;
Oh! yes, I’ll let him in.
Blessèd Savior, abide with me;
Cares and trials will lighter be:
I am safe if I’m only with Thee,
Oh! blessèd Lord, come in.