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

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.

Mirfield Arthur Cottman, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Cecil F. Alexander (1818–1895)

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.