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 blessed is this place,
filled with solace, light, and grace.
2 Gracious God, I come before thee;
come thou also unto 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.
|First Line:||Open now thy gates of beauty|
|Title:||Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty|
|Author:||Benjamin Schmolck (1732)|
|Translator:||Catherine Winkworth (1863, alt.)|
|Scripture:||Genesis 28:16-17; Psalm 50:2; Psalm 118:19-21; Luke 3:7-18; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19-20; Colossians 3:16-17; Revelation 22:1-5|
|Topic:||The Church; Comfort; Gathering(2 more...)|
|Composer:||Joachim Neander (1680)|
|Source:||harm. The Chorale Book for England, 1863, alt.|
In the first stanza “Zion” is not a general synonym for Jerusalem but a reference to the part of the city where the Temple stood. It prepares the way for the interior temple of the heart in stanza two. The preexisting tune is by a prominent German Reformed hymnwriter.
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