403. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty

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1 Open now thy gates of beauty,
Zion, let me enter there,
where my soul in joyful duty
waits for God who answers prayer;
O 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 heaven on earth must be;
to my heart O enter thou;
let it be thy temple now.

3 Speak, O Lord, 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 (1732)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: The Church; Comfort; Gathering (2 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Joachim Neander (1680)
Key: B♭ Major
Source: harm. The Chorale Book for England, 1863, alt.

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In the first stanza “Zion” is not a general synonym for Jerusalem but a reference to the part of the city where the Temple stood. It prepares the way for the interior temple of the heart in stanza two. The preexisting tune is by a prominent German Reformed hymnwriter.

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