This is the gate of Heaven.@Genesis 28:17

Ame Ven­ne­ma, in Gos­pel Prais­es No. 2, by Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick & Hen­ry L. Gil­mour (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hall-Mack, cir­ca 1900), num­ber 54. The song was ded­i­cat­ed to The Qui­et Hour, Y.P.S.C.E. [Young Peo­ple’s So­ci­e­ty of Chris­tian En­dea­vour].

B. Franklin Butts (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ame Vennema (1857–1925)

Alone with God, my Father,
In the secret place of prayer,
Not a thought, or wish, or purpose I withhold;
I commune with Him most freely,
And my inmost soul lay bare,
And linger till I feel His love enfold.

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’Tis a Bethel sweet, wherever thus we meet,
’Tis the very gate of Heaven to my soul;
Oh, I love to greet, at the golden mercy seat,
The face of Him who made my spirit whole.

Alone with Christ, my Savior,
In the desert-place apart,
There my weary soul finds rest from cumb’ring care,
And I feel a twilight stillness
Fall upon my troubled heart,
As Jesus gently whispers to me there.

Refrain

Alone with God, the Spirit,
Blessèd Paraclete divine,
Who in my behalf forever intercedes;
It is He who keeps me walking,
Making Jesus’ footsteps mine,
With all-sufficient grace to meet my needs.

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