Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
Open now thy gates of beauty,
Zion, let me enter there,
Where my soul in joyful duty
Waits for Him who answers prayer:
O how blessed is this place,
Filled with solace, light, and grace!
Gracious God, I come before Thee,
Come Thou also down to me;
Where we find Thee and adore Thee,
There a heaven on earth must be:
To my heart O enter Thou,
Let it be Thy temple now.
Speak, O Lord, and I will hear Thee,
Let Thy will be done indeed;
May I undisturbed draw near Thee
While Thou dost Thy people feed.
Here of life the fountain flows,
Here is balm for all our woes.
– Benjamin Schmolck, 1732
tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1863
UNSER HERRSCHER (NEANDER) by Joachim Neander, 1680
Photo: Adoration of the Magi by Claude Vignon, c. 1619, creative commons 2.0