489. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty

1 Open now thy gates of beauty,
Zion, let me enter there,
Where my soul in joyful duty
Waits for God who answers prayer;
O how blessèd is this place,
Filled with solace, light, and grace!

2 Gracious God, I come before Thee,
Come Thou also down to me;
Where we find Thee and adore Thee,
There a heaven on earth must be;
To my heart O enter Thou,
Let it be Thy temple now.

3 Speak, O Lord, and I will hear Thee,
Let Thy will be done indeed;
May I undisturbed draw near Thee,
While Thou dost Thy people feed.
Here of life the fountain flows,
Here is balm for all our woes.

Text Information
First Line: Open now thy gates of beauty
Title: Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
Original Language: German
Author: Benjamin Schmolck (1732)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1990
Topic: Morning and Opening Hymns
Tune Information
Composer: Joachim Neander (1680)
Composer (desc.): John Dykes Bower
Key: B♭ Major
Source: The Chorale Book for England, 1863; alt. (harm. from)
Copyright: Descant © 1990 by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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