Dedication Anthem (Jacob French)

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  • (Posted 2016-03-07)  CPDL #38807:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-03-07).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 202 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1802.

General Information

Title: Dedication Anthem
First Line: Lift up your heads, O ye gates
Composer: Jacob French

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1789 in The New American Melody, 1789; revised by French in 1802
Description: Words from various passages from the Bible.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Lift up your heads, O ye gates,
And be lifted up, ye everlasting doors,
And the King of glory shall come in.

For the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof,
The world, and they that dwell therein.
He hath founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the floods.


Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
For the heaven is my throne, saith the high and lofty one.

Where is the house that you built unto me,
And where is the place of my rest?
For my hands have made all these things, saith the Lord.

To this man will I look, whose hands are clean,
Whose heart is pure, who trembles at my word;
He shall receive the blessing from the Lord.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
And into his courts with praise.


Who is this king of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty.
The Lord, merciful and gracious.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates,
Unfold ye everlasting doors,
The king of glory comes.
Welcome, king of glory, welcome to thy rest.