Author: Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878; B. Schmolk Hymnal: The Lutheran Hymnary #35 (1913) Meter: 126.96.36.199.7.7 Topics: Beginning of Service; Worship in General Beginning of Service; Beginning of Service Lyrics: 1 Open now Thy gates of beauty,
Zion, let me enter there,
Where my soul, in joyful duty,
Waits for Him who answers prayer;
O how blessed is this place,
Filled with solace, light, and grace.
2 Lord, my God, I come before Thee,
Do not hide Thy face from 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 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 temptations thicken,
May Thy word forever 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 living waters flow,
Here is balm for all our woe.
Tune Title: [Open now thy gates of beauty]
Open now thy gates of beauty