The eternal gates lift up their heads (Christopher Tye)

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  • CPDL #32052:     
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2014-05-19).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 57 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Tranposed from F to G; note values halved. Editorial slurs and accidentals added.

General Information

Title: The eternal gates lift up their heads
Composer: Christopher Tye
Lyricist: Cecil Frances Alexander

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1553 in The Actes of the Apostles, no. 8

Description: This nineteenth-century text for Ascensiontide is paired with a simple four-part setting from Tye's The Actes of the Apostles (chapter VIII).

Original text and translations

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The eternal gates lift up their heads, the doors are opened wide;
The King of Glory is gone up unto his Father's side.
And ever on our earthly path a gleam of glory lies;
A light still breaks behind the cloud that veils thee from our eyes.