57. Lift Up Your Heads

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.
For us salvation He doth bring,
So let us all rejoice and sing:
We praise thee, Father, now;
Creator, wise art thou!

2. 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 let your sovereign enter in,
And new and nobler life begin.
To thee, O God, be praise
For word and deed and grace!

3. 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.

Text Information
First Line: Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates
Title: Lift Up Your Heads
Translator: Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878
Author: Georg Wiessel, 1590-1635
Publication Date: 1966
Meter: 8 8 8 8 8 8 6 6
Tune Information
Composer: Johann A. Freylinghausen, 1670-1739
Meter: 8 8 8 8 8 8 6 6
Incipit: 35432 12325 44332
Key: F Major
Copyright: Arrangement from The Lutheran Hymnal, copyright 1957 by Concordia Publishing House. Used with permission.

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