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Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates

Lift up your heads, O gates; The King of glory waits

Versifier: Bertus Frederick Polman (1986)
Published in 4 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Versifier: Bertus Frederick Polman

Bert Polman served as chair of the Music Department at Calvin College and senior research fellow for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Dr. Bert studied at Dordt College (BA 1968), the University of Minnesota (MA 1969, PhD in musicology 1981), and the Institute for Christian Studies. Dr. Bert was a longtime professor of music at Redeemer College in Ancaster, Ontario, and organist at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Waterdown, Ontario. His teaching covers a wide range of courses in music theory, music history, music literature, and worship, and Canadian Native studies. His research specialty is Christian hymnody. He is also an organist, a frequent workshop leader at music and worship conferences, and contributor to journals such as… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lift up your heads, O gates; The King of glory waits
Title: Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates
Versifier: Bertus Frederick Polman (1986)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Hosanna, hosanna! Rejoice, give thanks and sing
Copyright: Text © 1987, CRC Publications


Scripture References:
st. 1 = Ps. 24:7
st. 2 = Ps. 24:8
st. 3 = Ps. 24:9
st. 4 = Ps. 24:10

This text owes its origin to the tune VINEYARD HAVEN and the original text of its refrain: "Hosanna, hosanna, rejoice, give thanks and sing." Because of the association of those words with processionals, Bert Polman (PHH 37) versified the processional part of Psalm 24 (vv. 7-10) in 1986 for VINEYARD HAVEN so that this grand tune could be included in the Psalter Hymnal. The text was first sung to this tune in one of Polman's evening hymn sings at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, Hamilton, Ontario. For further commentary on this psalm see PHH 24.

Liturgical Use:
As a processional hymn. See also PHH 24.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



Richard Dirksen (PHH 148) composed VINEYARD HAVEN in 1974 for the text "Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart" as a processional choral anthem for the installation of Presiding Bishop John Maury Allin at the Washington (D.C.) Cathedral, also known as the National Cathedral. The anthem includes various harmoniza…

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