Who Wrote There Is A Gate Ajar Story?
This song is from the pen of Lydia Baxter.
She was born on Sept 2, 1800, at Petersburg, New York. She passed away in New York on June 22, 1874.
Baxter was one of the most prolific hymn writers of her generation. She contributed many hymns to the body of Christian hymns. These include Take The Name of Jesus With You, Cast thy net again, my brother, Go work in my vineyard.
1 There is a gate that stands ajar,
And through its portals gleaming,
A radiance from the cross afar,
The Saviour’s love revealing.
O depth of mercy! Can it be,
That gate was left ajar for me?
For me, for me?
Was left ajar for me?
2 That gate ajar stands free for all
Who seek through it salvation;
The rich and poor, the great and small,
Of ev'ry tribe and nation. [Refrain]
3 Press onward, then, though foes may frown,
While mercy’s gate is open;
Accept the cross and win the crown,
Love’s everlasting token. [Refrain]
4 Beyond the river’s brink we’ll lay
The cross that here is given,
And bear the crown of life away,
And love Him more in heaven. [Refrain]