Scripture Verse

The gates of [the city] shall not be shut at all by day; for there shall be no night there. Revelation 21:25


Words: Ar­thur W. French, in Sweet Fields of Ed­en ed­it­ed by John H. Ten­ney & Al­dine S. Kief­fer (Day­ton, Vir­gin­ia: Rue­bush-Kief­fer, 1882).

Music: Will­iam M. Week­ley (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of French or Week­ley (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Gates of the beau­ti­ful, gold­en and bright,
Guarding that city of splen­dor and light;
Oft I be­hold thee, in dist­ance and dream,
Flash in the sun­light of hea­ven­ly gleam.


Gates ajar for me, beau­ti­ful gates ajar for me;
City of gold with joys un­told,
Beautiful gates ajar for me.

Gates of the beau­ti­ful, lof­ty and grand,
Swung by the touch of some bright an­gel hand;
Down form the por­tals there floats a sweet song,
Waked by the lips of the pu­ri­fied throng.


Gates of the beau­ti­ful, gates of pure gold,
How can I pic­ture your glo­ries un­told?
Eagerly yearn­ing my spir­it doth wait
Till I shall come to the beau­ti­ful gate.