"Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates"
                       by Georg Weissel, 1590-1635
               Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878
                                Text From:
          (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942) p.59-60

        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.
        Life and salvation He doth bring,
        Wherefore rejoice and gladly sing:
        We praise Thee, Father, now,
        Creator, wise art Thou!

        2. A Helper just He comes to thee,
        His chariot is humility,
        His kingly crown is holiness,
        His scepter, pity in distress,
        The end of all our woe He brings;
        Wherefore the earth is glad and sings:
        We praise Thee, Savior, now,
        Mighty in deed art Thou!

        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!
        The cloudless Sun of joy He is,
        Who bringeth pure delight and bliss.
        We praise Thee, Spirit, now,
        Our Comforter art Thou!

        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.
        So shall your Sovereign enter in
        And new and nobler life begin.
        To Thee, O God, be praise
        For word and deed and grace!

        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;
        Thy Holy Spirit guide us on
        Until our glorious goal is won.
        Eternal praise and fame
        We offer to Thy name.

Notes from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Hymn #73 Text: Ps. 24 Author: Georg Weissel, 1642 Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1855, alt. Titled: "Macht hoch die Tuer" Second Tune: Johann A. Freylinghausen, 1704 Third Tune: August Lemke, 1849 Tune: "Macht hoch die Tuer" First Tune Published in: _Praxis Pietatis Melica_
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