Emerald Gates (Ananias Davisson)

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  • (Posted 2019-01-09)  CPDL #52859:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2019-01-09).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 58 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Notes in four-shape format, as originally published. All four stanzas of Kempenfeldt's hymn included.

General Information

Title: Emerald Gates
First Line: Burst ye emerald gates and bring
Composer: Ananias Davisson
Lyricist: Richard Kempenfelt

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 76. 76. 77. 77

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1820 in Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony, Edition 1

Description: A folk hymn (Jackson 1953b, no. 78). Words by Richard Kempenfelt, 1777, with four stanzas. Also arranged by William Hauser, entitled by him Elysian.

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Original text and translations

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1. Burst ye emerald gates and bring
To my raptured vision
All the ecstatic joys, that spring
Round the bright elysian;
Lo we lift our longing eyes,
Break ye intervening skies;
Sun of righteousness arise,
Open the gates of Paradise.


2. Floods of everlasting light
Freely flash before him;
Myriads with supreme delight,
Instantly adore him:
Angelic trumps resound his fame,
Lutes of lucid gold proclaim,
All the music of his name;
Heaven echoing the theme.


3. Four and twenty elders rise,
From their princely station;
Shout his glorious victories,
Sing the great salvation;
Cast their crowns before his throne,
Cry in reverential tone,
Glory be to God alone;
Holy! holy! holy one.


4. Hark! the thrilling symphonies
Seem, methinks, to seize us;
Join we too their holy lays:
Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!
Sweetest sound in Seraph's song,
Sweetest notes on mortal tongue,
Sweetest carol ever sung,
Jesus! Jesus! flow along.