[Open wide, ye everlasting doors]

[Open wide, ye everlasting doors]

Composer: John W. Peterson, 1921-
Published in 1 hymnal


Composer: John W. Peterson, 1921-

Pseudonymn: John Willard. John W. Peterson (November 1, 1921 – September 20, 2006) was a songwriter who had a major influence on evangelical Christian music in the 1950s through the 1970s. He wrote over 1000 songs, and 35 cantatas. Born in Lindsborg, Kansas, he served as an Army Air Force pilot flying the China Hump during World War II. Later, he attended Moody Bible Institute and served on the radio staff there for a number of years. In 1953, he graduated from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and shortly thereafter settled in Pennsylvania to continue his songwriting career. He then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where for over ten years he was President and Editor-in-Chief of Singspiration, a sacred music publish… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: John W. Peterson, 1921-
Incipit: 12314 32176 55435
Key: G Major
Copyright: © Copyright 1960, 1964 by John W. Peterson Music Company. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Texts

Open Wide, Ye Doors

Open wide, ye everlasting doors,
Let the King of Glory in;
Now returning from His earthly wars,
He the victory did win.
See the rich red wounds He bears,
Scars of battle now he wears;
He has wrested Satan's throne—
He must reign and He alone!
Rise to meet and welcome Him,
Crown Him, saints and seraphim.
Open wide, ye everlasting doors,
Let the King of Glory in;
Now returning from His earthly wars,
He the victory did win!

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