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THE HOUSE OF THE LORD, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I would choose to be a door-keeper
Last Line: In the house of the lord!
Alternate Author Name(s): Hinkson, Katharine Tynan
Subject(s): Caregivers; God; Houses; Humility


I WOULD choose to be a door-keeper
In the House of the Lord
Rather than lords and ladies
In satin on the sward.
To draw the bolts for the white souls
Would be my rich reward:
And I the happy door-keeper
In the House of the Lord.

Of all troop in not one goes out
From the House of the Lord,
Those who have won from sin and death,
From age and grief abhorred.
There is more room within its courts
Than palaces afford;
So great it is and spacious
In the House of the Lord.

They come with shining faces
To the House of the Lord;
The broken hearts and weary
That life has racked and scored:
They come hurrying and singing
To sit down at His board;
They are young and they are joyful
In the House of the Lord.

There are lilies and daisies
In the House of the Lord.
The lover meets his lover
With a long, long regard.
The mothers find the children,
Strayed from their watch and ward.
Oh, the meetings and the greetings
In the House of the Lord!

I would be a humble door-keeper
In the House of the Lord,
Where the courts are white and shining
In the Light of the Word.
When the saved souls come trooping
For the gates to be unbarred,
Oh, blessed is the door-keeper
In the House of the Lord!





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