93. Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

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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 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.

3 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, Ye Mighty Gates
Author: Georg Weissel (1642)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1855, 1863)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: LM
Scripture: 1 Chronicles 16:29; Psalm 24:7-10; Matthew 5:8; Luke 21:28; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Ephesians 3:17; James 5:8; 1 Peter 2:5; 2 Peter 3:11-12; 2 Peter 3:14; Revelation 3:20
Topic: Invitation; Jesus Christ: Advent; Living in Christ
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: TRURO
Composer: Unknown
Meter: LM
Key: C Major
Source: Musica Sacra, c. 1778


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Beginning as a paraphrase of Psalm 24:7–10, this text then applies the door imagery to the singer’s heart, and concludes with the individual’s welcome of the approaching Savior. It is set to a very effective anonymous 18th-century English tune that has served many texts.


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