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In Excelsis, 1896027
Open Now Thy Gates of BeautyRev. Benjamin Schmolck, 1732, Translation by Catherine Winkworth, 1863

Hymn NumberTuneComposer or SourceMeter
027NeanderRev. Joachim Neander (1650-1680)8.7.8.7.7.7.

1Open now Thy gates of beauty,
Zion, let me enter there,
Where my soul in joyful duty
Waits for Him Who answers prayer:
Oh, how blessèd is this place,
Filled with solace, light, and grace.
2Yes, my 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, oh, enter Thou,
Let it be Thy temple now.
3Here Thy praise is gladly chanted,
Here Thy seed is duly sown;
Let my soul, where it is planted,
Bring forth precious sheaves alone,
So that all I hear may be
Fruitful unto life in me.
4Thou my faith increase and quicken,
Let me keep Thy Gift divine,
Howsoe’er temptations thicken;
May Thy Word still o’er me shine,
As my pole-star through my life,
As my comfort in my strife.
5Speak, O God, 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. Amen.
Psalm65:1,21 Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed. 2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
Psalm84:1How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!
Psalm118:19Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:
Psalm135:21Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.
Isaiah26:1,21 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. 2 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.
Matthew13:23But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.