1 Faith reveals in untold beauty,
What no mortal eye can see;
‘Tis a vision fair and glorious,
Of the gates ajar for me.
Gates ajar, gates ajar, of that city I see,
As I sail upon the billows of Times resistless sea;
“Yes, I think I see that city, and the lighthouse on the shore,”
And I hear the angels singing thro’ the gates ajar.
O come angel band,
Come and around me stand;
O bear me away on your snowy wings
To my immortal home.
2 Lord, I know I am not worthy
Of myself, to be Thine own,
But I know Thou wilt not fail me,
When I kneel before Thy throne. [Refrain]
3 Fearless when I wait the boatman,
Who shall bear me o’er the sea,
To that fair and blessed harbor,
With its gats ajar for me. [Refrain]
Charles Austin Miles USA 1868-1946. Born at Lakehurst, NJ, he attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the University of PA. He became a pharmacist. He married Bertha H Haagen, and they had two sons: Charles and Russell. In 1892 he abandoned his pharmacy career and began writing gospel songs. At first he furnished compositions to the Hall-Mack Publishing Company, but soon became editor and manager, where he worked for 37 years. He felt he was serving God better in the gospel song writing business, than as a pharmacist. He published the following song books: “New songs of the gospel” (1900), “The service of praise” (1900), “The voice of praise” (1904), “The tribute of song” (1904), “New songs of the gospel… Go to person page >