Scripture Verse

Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Isaiah 26:2

Introduction

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Roswell F. Cottrell
(1814–1892)

Words: Ros­well F. Cot­trell, in Hymns and Tunes (Bat­tle Creek, Mi­chi­gan: Steam Press of the Se­venth-Day Ad­vent­ist Pub­lish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, 1876), page 258.

Music: An­vern Ger­man tune. Ar­ranged by Lo­well Ma­son, 1840 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Bramcoate, com­pos­er un­known, in An­cient and Mo­dern Psalm and Hymn Tunes, by Will­iam H. Call­cott (Lon­don: S. Staugh­ton, 1840), page 44 (🔊 pdf nwc)
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Lowell Mason
(1792–1872)

Lyrics

The time is near when Zion’s sons,
With rapturous joy shall sing the song
Foretold by seers—anointed ones;
We have a city great and strong.

Open, ye gates! The glorious King
Approaches with a holy throng.
Open, ye gates! Saints, angels, sing
On golden harps the victor’s song!

O righteous nation! enter in,
That kept the law of truth below,
Enter the place, all free from sin,
Where life’s pure waters gently flow.

Within these walls shall they remain,
Who trusted, mighty Lord! in Thee:
Death, their last enemy is slain—
They have a right to life’s fair tree.

Thus the redeemed to Zion come,
With songs and everlasting joy;
Angelic legions waft them home,
With shouts of praise their harps employ.