Open Those Bright Gates

When I shall cross over the river

Author: Ada Blenkhorn
Tune: [When I shall cross over the river]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

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1 When I shall cross o’er the river—
Noiselessly flowing forever,
When from all earth ties I sever,
And the fair city I see;
Savior, my soul shall be praying,
Earnestly praying to Thee;
Never a moment delaying,
Open those bright gates for me.

For me, for me,
Then open those bright gates for me;
For me, for me,
Then open those bright gates for me.

2 Swiftly my bark shall be sailing,—
Heavenly breezes prevailing,
Faith in my Savior ne’er failing,
When I go out on the tide;
Jesus, for this I am pleading,
Close to me, there Lord, abide,
And, for my soul interceding,
Hold those bright gates open wide. [Refrain]

3 When I shall moor at the landing,—
Jesus, my Pilot commanding,
And on those shore I am standing,
Where are the mansions of light;
Me, in Thy great love enfolding,
Guide Thou my footsteps aright;
Savior, my trembling hand holding,
Open those golden gates bright. [Refrain]

Source: Triumphant Songs No.5 #108

Author: Ada Blenkhorn

Ada Jane Blenkhorn Canada 1858-1927 Born in Cobourg, Ontario, the 10th of 11 children, she emigrated with her family to the U.S. In 1884 and settled in Cleveland, OH.. She was raised a Methodist, and began writing hymn lyrics at age 34. A prolific writer of hymn lyrics, she was about to give it up when a friend encouraged her to continue, telling her some soul might be saved by a hymn she would write. She worked for many years as secretary to her brother, Henry's, real estate company. After his death in 1923, she became president of the company. She never married. John Perry  Go to person page >

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First Line: When I shall cross over the river
Title: Open Those Bright Gates
Author: Ada Blenkhorn
Language: English
Refrain First Line: For me, for me, then open those bright gates for me
Copyright: Public Domain


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Triumphant Songs No.5 #108

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