Scripture Verse

I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2

Introduction

Words: Ce­cil F. Al­ex­an­der, 1852. Orig­in­al­ly ap­peared as The Eter­nal Gates Lift Up Their Heads in Hymns, by the So­ci­e­ty for Pro­mot­ing Chris­tian Know­ledge. Pub­lished in re­vised form in Al­ex­an­der’s Hymns Des­crip­tive and De­vo­tion­al, 1858.

Music: Mir­field Ar­thur Cott­man, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

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Cecil F. Alexander
(1818–1895)

Lyrics

The golden gates are lifted up,
The doors are opened wide;
The King of Glory is gone in
Unto His Father’s side.

Thou art gone up before us, Lord,
To make for us a place,
That we may be where now Thou art,
And look upon God’s face.

And ever on our earthly path
A gleam of glory lies,
A light still breaks behind the cloud
That veiled Thee from our eyes.

Lift up our hearts, lift up our minds:
Let Thy dear grace be giv’n;
That, while we wander here below,
Our treasure be in Heav’n.

That where Thou art, at God’s right hand,
Our hope, our love, may be:
Dwell Thou in us, that we may dwell
Forevermore in Thee.