The Glory of Jesus

Burst ye emerald gates and bring

Author: Richard Kempenfelt
Published in 176 hymnals

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1 Burst ye emerald gates and bring
To my raptured vision
All the ecstatic joys, that spring
Round the bright elysian;
Lo we lift our longing eyes,
Break ye intervening skies;
Sun of righteousness arise,
Open the gates of Paradise.

2 Floods of everlasting light
Freely flash before him;
Myriads with supreme delight,
Instantly adore him:
Angelic trumps resound his fame,
Lutes of lucid gold proclaim,
All the music of his name;
Heaven echoing the theme.

3 Four and twenty elders rise,
From their princely station;
Shout his glorious victories,
Sing the great salvation;
Cast their crowns before his throne,
Cry in reverential tone,
Glory be to God alone;
Holy! holy! holy one.

4 Hark--the thrilling symphonies
Seem, methinks, to seize us--
Join we too their holy lays--
Sweetest sound in Seraph's song,
Sweetest notes on mortal tongue,
Sweetest carol ever sung--
Jesus--Jesus flow along.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1801

Author: Richard Kempenfelt

Kempenfelt, Richard, of Swedish descent, was born Oct., 1718. In Jan., 1741, he obtained a lieutenant's commission in the British Navy. He became captain in 1757, and admiral in 1780. He was drowned in the "Royal George," which sank in harbour at Portsmouth on Aug. 29, 1782. Admiral Kempenfelt was an admirer of Whitefield and the Wesleys, and interested himself much in evangelistic work. His hymns were published as Original Hymns and Poems. By Philotheorus. Exeter, printed by B. Thorn, 1777, and were dedicated "To the Rev. Mr. Fletcher, Vicar of Madeley, in Shropshire." They were reprinted, with a Preface, by D. Sedgwick, in 1861. Although most of these hymns are given in the older collections, only a few re¬main in modern hymn-books, and,… Go to person page >

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First Line: Burst ye emerald gates and bring
Title: The Glory of Jesus
Author: Richard Kempenfelt
Language: English