901. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty

1 Open now thy gates of beauty;
Zion, let me enter there,
Where my soul in joyful duty
Waits for Him who answers prayer.
Oh, how blessed is this place,
Filled with solace, light, and grace!

2 Gracious God, I come before Thee;
Come Thou also unto me.
Where we find Thee and adore Thee
There a heav'n on earth must be.
To my heart, O enter Thou;
Let it be Thy temple now!

3 Here Thy praise is gladly chanted;
Here Thy seed is duly sown.
Let my soul, where it is planted,
Bring forth precious sheaves alone,
So that all I hear may be
Fruitful unto life in me.

4 Thou my faith increase and quicken;
Let me keep Thy gift divine,
Howsoe'er temptation thicken;
May Thy Word still o'er me shine
As my guiding star through life,
As my comfort in the strife.

5 Speak, O God, and I will hear Thee,
Let Thy will be done indeed.
May I undisturbed draw near Thee
While Thou dost Thy people feed.
Here of life the fountain flows;
Here is balm for all our woes.

Text Information
First Line: Open now thy gates of beauty
Title: Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
Author: Benjamin Schmolck, 1672-1737
Translator: Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 87 87 77
Scripture: Psalm 100:4; Psalm 118:19-26; Isaiah 26:2-4; 2 Corinthians 6:16
Topic: Beginning of Service; House of God
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: UNSER HERRSCHER
Composer: Joachim Neander, 1650-80
Meter: 87 87 77
Key: B♭ Major
Source: The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941 (Setting)



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