- (Posted 2019-01-09) CPDL #52859:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2019-01-09). Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 58 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Notes in four-shape format, as originally published. All four stanzas of Kempenfeldt's hymn included.
Title: Emerald Gates
First Line: Burst ye emerald gates and bring
Composer: Ananias Davisson
Lyricist: Richard Kempenfelt
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred Meter: 76. 76. 77. 77
Instruments: A cappella
Published: 1820 in Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony.
Description: A folk hymn (Jackson 1953b, no. 78). Words by Richard Kempenfelt, 1777, with four stanzas. Also arranged by William Hauser, entitled by him Elysian.
Original text and translations
1. Burst ye emerald gates and bring
To my raptured vision
All the ecstatic joys, that spring
Round the bright elysian;
Lo we lift our longing eyes,
Break ye intervening skies;
Sun of righteousness arise,
Open the gates of Paradise.
2. Floods of everlasting light
Freely flash before him;
Myriads with supreme delight,
Instantly adore him:
Angelic trumps resound his fame,
Lutes of lucid gold proclaim,
All the music of his name;
Heaven echoing the theme.
3. Four and twenty elders rise,
From their princely station;
Shout his glorious victories,
Sing the great salvation;
Cast their crowns before his throne,
Cry in reverential tone,
Glory be to God alone;
Holy! holy! holy one.
4. Hark! the thrilling symphonies
Seem, methinks, to seize us;
Join we too their holy lays:
Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!
Sweetest sound in Seraph's song,
Sweetest notes on mortal tongue,
Sweetest carol ever sung,
Jesus! Jesus! flow along.