The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

For Advent, For the Fourth Sunday In Advent: Christ The King Of All Men

Alternate Title: Christ the King of All Men

Words: Macht hoch die Tuer, 1642, Georg Weissel (1590-1635)
Translated by Catherine Winkworth From Lyra Germanica: The Christian Year 1855

Version 2
Compare: Lift Up Your Heads Ye Mighty Gates - Version 1

The Mighty Gates of Earth Unbar (Altered from Mercer's Psalter and Hymn Book)
Make Broad The Path (George Ratcliffe Woodward)
Lift Up Your Heads Ye Gates of Brass (James Montgomery)

(1829-1878), alt.

Text: Ps. 24: 9-10
Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
even lift them up, ye everlasting doors;
and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.
See: Psalm 24

See: The Christmas Poetry of Catherine Winkworth
See Notes: Fling Wide the Door

"Macht hoch die Tuer," Praxis Pietatis Melica, 1661
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Johann Stobaus, 1642
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Johann A. Freylinghausen, 1704,
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August Lemke, 1849
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Meter: 88 88

1. Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates,
Behold the King of glory waits,
The King of kings is drawing near,
The Saviour of the world is here;

2. Life and salvation doth He bring,
Wherefore rejoice, and gladly sing
Praise, O my God, to Thee!
Creator, wise is Thy decree!

3. The Lord is just, a helper tried,
Mercy is ever at His side,
His kingly crown is holiness,
His sceptre, pity in distress,

4. The end of all our woe He brings;
Wherefore the earth is glad and sings
Praise, O my God, to Thee!
O Saviour, great Thy deeds shall be!

5. Oh, blest the land, the city blest,
Where Christ the ruler is confessed!
Oh, happy hearts and happy homes
To whom this King in triumph comes!

6. The cloudless Sun of joy He is,
Who bringeth pure delight and bliss;
Praise, O my God, to Thee!
Comforter, for Thy comfort free!

7. 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;

8. So shall your Sovereign enter in,
And new and nobler life begin.
Praise, O my God, be Thine,
For word, and deed, and grace divine.

9. 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,

10. Thy Holy Spirit guide us on
Until our glorious goal is won!
Eternal praise and fame,
Be offered, Saviour, to Thy Name!


The Methodist Hymnal (New York: Nelson & Phillips, 1878), recast the hymn in Long Meter (88 88), selecting verses 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. Verse 8 became the sixth verse:

So come, my Sovereign! enter in,
Let new and nobler life begin;
Thy Holy Spirit guide us on,
Until the glorious crown be won!

The hymn was set to the tune of Charles Burney's Truro (MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF / XML).

The version reproduced by O. Hardwig, ed., The Wartburg Hymnal (1918), is also in long meter, combining verses 1 & 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7 & 8, and 9 & 10.

Sheet Music "Original Tune" from William Sterndale Bennett and Otto Goldschmidt, eds., The Chorale Book For England. Congregational Edition. (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1863, Supp. 1865), Translator: Catherine Winkworth, #25.

Sheet Music by J. Stobäus from O. Hardwig, ed., The Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918), #83

Sheet Music by J. Freylinghausen from O. Hardwig, ed., The Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918), #84

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