Number: 489
Title: Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
Composer: Trans. Catherine Winkworth, 1863Joachim Neander, 1680 Harm. The Chorale Book for England, 1863; alt. Desc. John Dykes Bower (1905-1981)
Author: Benjamin Schmolck, 1732
Scripture: Psalm 118:19
Theme: Morning and Opening Hymns

1.  Open now thy gates of beauty, 
    Zion, let me enter there,
    Where my soul in joyful duty
    Waits for God who answers prayer;
    O how blessed is this place,
    Filled with solace, light, and grace.

2.  Gracious God, I come before Thee,
    Come Thou also down to me;
    Where we find Thee and adore Thee,
    There a heaven on earth must be;
    To my heart O enter Thou,
    Let it be Thy temple now.

3.  Speak, O Lord, and I will hear Thee,
    Let Thy will be done indeed;
    May I undisturbed draw near Thee,
    While Thou dost Thy people feed.
    Here of life the fountain flows, 
    Here is balm for all our woes.