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Swing back for one moment, fair portals

Swing back for one moment, fair portals

Author: Francis A. Blackmer
Tune: [Swing back for one moment, fair portals]
Published in 16 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 Swing back for one moment, fair portals
Of that wondrous city, we pray;
One glimpse, and the fears of these mortals
Shall vanish forever away.

Swing open, fair portals,
A moment, and let us look thro’;
One glimpse, and we, faltering mortals,
To enter, shall press anew.

2 One glimpse shall our courage embolden,
And brighten the whole of our way;
Oh, why should the sight be withholden?
By faith we would view it today.

Swing open, fair portals,
A moment, and let us look thro’;
One glimpse, and we, faltering mortals,
To enter, shall press anew.

3 We’ve read of that city’s bright glory,
That knows not the darkness of night;
And reading that wonderful story,
Has ravished our souls with delight.

Swing open, fair portals,
A moment, and let us look thro’;
One glimpse, and we, faltering mortals,
To enter, shall press anew.

4 We’ve read of the tree and the river,
Life’s water and fruit ever fair;
We’ve looked up in faith to the Giver,
And prayed that we might enter there.

Swing open, fair portals,
A moment, and let us look thro’;
One glimpse, and we, faltering mortals,
To enter, shall press anew.

5 Those gates we’re approaching, how cheering!
Oh, let us prove faithful alway;
And know, as the city we’re nearing,
That they shall to us some sweet day.

Swing open those portals,
And we shall in triumph go in,
Where we shall, as ransomed immortals,
Eternity blessed begin.

Source: Songs of Help: for the Sunday school, evangelistic and church services #149

Author: Francis A. Blackmer

Blackmer, Francis Augustus. (Ware, Massachusetts, February 17, 1855--October 8, 1930, Somerville, Massachusetts). Advent Christian musician. His parents, Augustus and Jane Blackmer, were among those caught up in the excitement of the Millerite Movement. One son, Fred, became an Advent Christian minister. Francis, with a talent recognized at an early age, consecrated his own life to Christian service as a musician. He was immersed in baptism at the Adventist campmeeting in Springfield, Massachusetts, by Elder Miles Grant. His early years were spend in central Massachusetts, his schooling at Wilbraham Academy. He was largely self-taught in harmony and musical composition. He wrote the words and music to his first gospel song, "Out on the f… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Swing back for one moment, fair portals
Author: Francis A. Blackmer
Refrain First Line: Swing open, fair portals, a moment

Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 16 of 16)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Carols of Hope: a compilation of select sacred songs for use in Sunday schools, praise and young people's services #41TextPage Scan
Gospel Trio of Sacred Song for Gospel Meetings, Christian Associations and Young People's Societies for Christian Work #11Page Scan
Hymn-Songs: for use in the Sunday school, young people's meeting, the church and home #69Page Scan
Radiant Songs: for use in meetings for Christian worship or work #86Page Scan
Redemption songs #86Page Scan
Sacred Trio: comprising Redemption Songs, Showers of Blessing, the Joyful Sound #86Page Scan
Singing by the Way #d34
Singing by the Way. Rev. ed. #d46
Songs of Help: for the Sunday school, evangelistic and church services #149TextAudioPage Scan
The Advent Christian Hymnal. Rev. #d329
The Emory Hymnal: No. 2, sacred hymns and music for use in public worship, Sunday-schools, social meetings and family worship #86Page Scan
The Golden Sheaf No. 2: a collection of gospel hymns, new and old, responsive readings, hymns for the Sunday school, young people's societies, male voices, choruses, and general worship #18Page Scan
The New Golden Sheaf #d149
The Sacred Trio: comprising Redemption Songs, Showers of Blessing, The Joyful Sound (Word ed.) #86Page Scan
Unfading Treasures: a compilation of sacred songs and hymns, adapted for use by Sunday schools, Epworth Leagues, endeavor societies, pastors, evangelists, choristers, etc. #86Page Scan
Winning Songs #d127



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