The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Jesus, Thou Art Standing

For Advent

Words: William Walsham How, 1867

Music: St. Catherine, MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
St. Hilda (St. Edith), MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
Llangloffan, Ottawa, In der Wiegen

Meter: 76 76 D

1. 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!

2. 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 hath no equal,
    So fast to bar the gate!

3. O Jesus, Thou art pleading
    In accents meek and low,
"I died for you, my children,
    And will you treat Me so?"
O Lord, with shame and sorrow
    We open now the door;
Dear Savior, enter, enter,
    And leave us never more.

Sheet Music "St. Hilda" by Justin H. Knecht and Edward Husband from Henry Sloane Coffin and Ambrose White Vernon, eds., Hymns of the Kingdom of God. New York: The A. S. Barnes Company, 1910, #200

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