O Jesus, Thou art standing, outside the fast closed door,
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
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!
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 nevermore.