Scripture Verse

I heard the voice of the harpers harping with their harps. Revelation 14:2

Introduction

Words: Fro­nie B. Tur­ner, in Gates Ajar, by John Kurz­en­kna­be (Har­ris­burg, Penn­syl­van­ia: J. H. Kurz­en­kna­be & Sons, 1885), num­ber 3.

Music: Gates Ajar John H. Kurz­en­kna­be (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Turn­er (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
John H. Kurzenknabe
(1840–1927)

Lyrics

What music celestial, what melody clear
Is this which is greeting with rapture my ear?

Refrain

The gates are ajar in the mansions on high
And angels are chanting their songs in the sky.

Is Heaven so near me, the hope of my soul,
That over my spirit its music may roll?

Refrain

Oh, bliss without measure, immortal and sweet!
I would that such cadence my voice could repeat!

Refrain