226. Lift Up Your Heads

1 Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates!
Behold the King of glory waits;
The King of kings is drawing near,
The Savior of the world is here.

2 The Lord is just, a helper tried;
Mercy is ever at His side;
His kingly crowns is holiness,
His scepter, pity in distress.

3 O blest the land, the city blest,
Where Christ the Ruler is confessed!
O happy hearts and happy homes
To whom this King in triumph comes!

4 Fling wide the portals of your heart;
Make it a temple, set apart
From earthly use for heaven’s employ,
Adorned with prayer, and love, and joy.

5 Redeemer, come; I open wide
My heart to Thee; here, Lord, abide.
Let me Thy inner presence feel,
Thy grace and love in me reveal.

Text Information
First Line: Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates!
Title: Lift Up Your Heads
Author: Georg Weissel (1590-1635) (1642)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1829-1878) (1855)
Meter: L.M.
Publication Date: 1985
Topic: Jesus Christ: Kingdom and Reign
Tune Information
Composer: William Knapp (1698-1768) (1738)
Meter: L.M.
Incipit: 11765 12171 23217
Key: B♭ Major
Notes: Alternate tune, TRURO, No. 182; Lower key, No. 174

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