Thou hast ascended on high, Thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them. Psalm 68:18
Words: Nikolas Hermann, Die Sontags Evangelia (Wittenberg, Germany: 1560) (Erschienen Ist der Herrliche Tag). Translated from German to English by Arthur T. Russell, Psalms and Hymns (Cambridge, England: John Deighton, 1851), number 113.
The day hath dawned—the day of days,
Transcending all our joy and praise:
This day our Lord triumphant rose;
This day He captive led our foes.
The serpent’s craft, sin, death and hell,
This day before the Conqueror fell:
All suffering, sorrow, ill, the name
Of Jesus risen this day o’ercame.
The sun, the earth, all things adore,
As at His death they mourned before:
All own with joy upon this day
The foe’s dominion passed away.
Then, as is meet, we now will sing
Glad hallelujahs to our king:
To Thee, Lord, doth our praise pertain,
Who for our joy art risen again.