Behold! a Stranger's at the doorAuthor: J. Grigg (1765)
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1 Behold! a Stranger's at the door;
He gently knocks, has knocked before;
Has waited long, is waiting still:
You treat no other friend so ill.
2 But will He prove a friend indeed?
He will; the very Friend you need;
The Man of Nazareth, 'tis He,
With garments dyed at Calvary.
3 O lovely attitude! He stands
With melting heart and laden hands;
O matchless kindness! and He shows
This matchless kindness to His foes.
4 Rise, touched with gratitude Divine;
Turn out His enemy and thine,
That soul-destroying monster, sin,
And let the heavenly Stranger in.
5 Admit Him ere His anger burn;
His feet, departed, ne'er return;
Admit Him, or the hour's at hand
When at His door denied you'll stand.
The Hymnal: Published by the authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1895
Behold, a stranger at the door. J. Grigg. [Expostulation.] This is one of Four Hymns on Divine Subjects, &c., 1765, in 11 stanzas of 4 lines, a second being the well-known "Jesus, and shall it ever be?" (q.v.). It came into congregational use at an early date, but usually in an abbreviated form. Both in Great Britain, and in America, various arrangements of the text are given in collections in common use. The full original text was reprinted in D. Sedgwick's edition of Grigg's Hymns, &c, 1861. It is also found in Lord Selborne's Book of Praise, 1862, and in Lyra Britannica, 1867, p. 254.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 3 of 3)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Small Church Music #362||Arizona||Behold a Stranger at the door!||ARIZONA||Joseph Grigg||188.8.131.52|
|Small Church Music #6550||Entreaty||Behold! a Stanger at the door||ENTREATY||Joseph Grigg|
|The Cyber Hymnal #431||Behold, a Stranger at the Door||Behold, a stranger at the door||FEDERAL STREET||Joseph Grigg||LM||<cite>Four Hymns on Divine Subjects</cite>, 1765|