O for the pearly gates of heaven

O for the pearly gates of heaven

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
Tune: GEER (Greatorex)
Published in 7 hymnals

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander

As a small girl, Cecil Frances Humphries (b. Redcross, County Wicklow, Ireland, 1818; Londonderry, Ireland, 1895) wrote poetry in her school's journal. In 1850 she married Rev. William Alexander, who later became the Anglican primate (chief bishop) of Ireland. She showed her concern for disadvantaged people by traveling many miles each day to visit the sick and the poor, providing food, warm clothes, and medical supplies. She and her sister also founded a school for the deaf. Alexander was strongly influenced by the Oxford Movement and by John Keble's Christian Year. Her first book of poetry, Verses for Seasons, was a "Christian Year" for children. She wrote hymns based on the Apostles' Creed, baptism, the Lord's Supper, the Ten Commandment… Go to person page >

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First Line: O for the pearly gates of heaven
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
Copyright: Public Domain

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Church Hymns and Gospel Songs #258

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Church Hymns and Gospel Songs #258

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Gipsy Smith's Mission Hymnal #CH258

Hymns, Psalms and Gospel Songs with Responsive Readings #d260

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Hymns, Psalms and Gospel Songs #294

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Montreat Hymns #294

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The Baptist Praise Book #1081

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