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, alt.
From Lyra Germanica: The Christian Year 1855 (1829-1878)

Version 1
Compare: Lift Up Your Heads Ye Mighty Gates - Version 2
Make Broad The Path (George Ratcliffe Woodward)
The Mighty Gates of Earth Unbar (Altered from Mercer's Psalter and Hymn Book)
Lift Up Your Heads Ye Gates of Brass (James Montgomery)

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

Music:
 
"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 88 66

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,1
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!2

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:

1. Or:
    The Lord is just, a helper tried,
    Mercy is ever at His side; Return

2. Or:
    O Comforter divine!
    What boundless grace is Thine! Return

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 to "Original Tune" from William Sterndale Bennett and Otto Goldschmidt, eds., The Chorale Book For England. (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1863), 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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