Scripture Verse

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4


Frances S. Osgood (1811–1850)

Words: Fran­ces S. Os­good, The Snow-Drop (Pro­vi­dence, Rhode Is­land: Hi­ram Full­er, 1842), pag­es 49–50.

Music: Gor­don Adon­ir­am J. Gor­don, 1876 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

Adoniram J. Gordon (1836–1895)



Approach not the al­tar with gloom in thy soul,
Nor let thy feet fal­ter from ter­ror’s con­trol!
God loves not the sad­ness of fear and mis­trust;
Oh! serve Him with glad­ness, the gen­tle, the Just!

His boun­ty is ten­der, His be­ing is love,
His smile fills with splen­dor the blue arch above!
Confiding, be­liev­ing, oh! en­ter al­ways
His courts with thanks­giv­ing,
His por­tals with praise!

Nor come to the tem­ple with pride in thy mien;
But low­ly and sim­ple in cour­age se­rene,
Bring meek­ly be­fore Him the faith of a child,
Bow down and adore Him with heart un­de­filed!

This fi­nal verse may be used with tunes of 65.65 me­ter:

Then by the still wa­ters
And through the green shade,

With Zi­on’s glad daugh­ters,
Thy paths shall be made.