Lift up your heads, you mighty gates (Anonymous)
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-04-18). Score information: A4, 1 page, 40 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-04-18). Score information: A4, 1 page, 91 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.
Title: Lift up your heads, you mighty gates
Lyricist: Georg Weissel
- Translation by Catherine Winkworth
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard
2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 483
Description: Melody from Thomas Williams's Psalmodia Evangelica, 1789. For a descant, see Truro (Andrew Sims)
Original text and translations
Lift up your heads, you mighty gates,
behold, the King of Glory waits,
the King of kings is drawing near,
the Saviour of the world is here.
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.
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.
Come, Saviour, come, with us abide;
our hearts to thee we open wide:
thy Holy Spirit guide us on,
until our glorious goal is won.