4076. Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

1. Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates,
Behold the King of glory waits;
The King of kings is drawing near,
The Savior of the world is here;
Life and salvation doth He bring,
Wherefore rejoice and gladly sing:
We praise Thee, Father, now!
Creator, wise art Thou!

2. The Lord is just, a Helper tried,
Mercy is ever at His side,
His kingly crown is holiness,
His scepter, pity in distress,
The end of all our woe He brings;
Wherefore the earth is glad and sings:
We praise Thee, Savior, now,
Mighty in deed art Thou!

3. Oh blest the land, the city blest,
Where Christ the Ruler is confessed!
Oh happy hearts and happy homes
To whom this King in triumph comes!
The cloudless Sun of joy He is,
Who bringeth pure delight and bliss:
O Comforter divine,
What boundless grace is Thine!

4. Fling wide the portals of your heart,
Make it a temple set apart
From earthly use for Heaven’s employ,
Adorned with prayer and love and joy;
So shall your Sovereign enter in,
And new and nobler life begin:
To Thee, O God, be praise,
For word and deed and grace!

5. Redeemer, come! I open wide
My heart to Thee—here, Lord, abide!
Let me Thy inner presence feel,
Thy grace and love in me reveal,
Thy Holy Spirit guide us on
Until our glorious goal is won!
Eternal praise and fame
We offer to Thy name.

An alternate version, which can be sung to:
TRURO, from Psalm­o­dia Evan­gel­i­ca, by Thom­as Will­iams, 1789;
MACHT HOCH DIE TÜR

1. Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates;
Behold, the King of glory waits;
The King of kings is drawing near;
The Savior of the world is here!

2. A Helper just He comes to thee,
His chariot is humility,
His kingly crown is holiness,
His scepter, pity in distress.

3. O blest the land, the city blest,
Where Christ the Ruler is confessed!
O happy hearts and happy homes
To whom this King in triumph comes!

4. Fling wide the portals of your heart;
Make it a temple, set apart
From earthly use for heaven’s employ,
Adorned with prayer and love and joy.

5. Redeemer, come, with us abide;
Our hearts to Thee we open wide;
Let us Thy inner presence feel;
Thy grace and love in us reveal.

6. Thy Holy Spirit lead us on
Until our glorious goal is won;
Eternal praise, eternal fame
Be offered, Savior, to Thy name!

Text Information
First Line: Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates
Title: Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
German Title: Macht hoch die Thür
Author: George Weissel (1642)
Translator (from German): Catherine Winkworth
Meter: 88.88.88.66
Source: Preussliche Festlieder, 1642; Lyra Germanica, first series, 1855
Language: English
Notes: Alternate tunes: TRURO, from Psalm­o­dia Evan­gel­i­ca, by Thom­as Will­iams, 1789; MACHT HOCH DIE TÜR
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: MILWAUKEE (Lemke)
Composer: August Lemke (1849)
Meter: 88.88.88.66
Incipit: 53117 12755 56716
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain



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