The eternal gates lift up their heads

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1 The golden gates are lifted up,
the doors are opened wide;
the King of glory is gone in
unto his Father's side.

2 Thou art gone up before us, Lord,
to make for us a place,
that we may be where now thou art,
and look upon God's face.

3 And ever on our earthly path
a gleam of glory lies,
a light still breaks behind the cloud
that veiled thee from our eyes.

4 Lift up our hearts, lift up our minds:
let thy dear grace be giv'n,
that, while we wander here below,
our treasure be in heav'n;

5 That where thou art, at God's right hand,
our hope, our love, may be:
dwell thou in us, that we may dwell
forevermore in thee.

Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #294

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander

Alexander, Cecil Frances, née Humphreys, second daughter of the late Major John Humphreys, Miltown House, co. Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1823, and married in 1850 to the Rt. Rev. W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Mrs. Alexander's hymns and poems number nearly 400. They are mostly for children, and were published in her Verses for Holy Seasons, with Preface by Dr. Hook, 1846; Poems on Subjects in the Old Testament, pt. i. 1854, pt. ii. 1857; Narrative Hymns for Village Schools, 1853; Hymns for Little Children, 1848; Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858; The Legend of the Golden Prayers 1859; Moral Songs, N.B.; The Lord of the Forest and his Vassals, an Allegory, &c.; or contributed to the Lyra Anglicana, the S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hym… Go to person page >

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First Line: The eternal gates lift up their heads
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander (1852, 1858)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The eternal gates lift up their heads. Cecil F. Alexander, née Humphreys. [Ascension.] Contributed to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Hymns, 1852, No. 62, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. In 1858 it was published in a revised form in Mrs. Alexander's Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, No. 14, as "The Golden gates are lifted up." It is in common use in both forms: but the earlier is the more widely used of the two. In addition st. iii., iv. are given in the American Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit, Boston, 1864, as "O, ever on our earthly path."

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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