Scripture Verse

Ye shall see the Son of Man ascend. John 6:62

Introduction

Words: Ar­thur T. Rus­sell, in Hymns for Pub­lic Wor­ship and Pri­vate De­vo­tion (Lon­don: 1848).

Music: As­cen­dit De­us Jo­hann G. Schicht, All­ge­mein­es Cho­ral­buch (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1819) (🔊 pdf nwc). The tune was gi­ven this name and set to these words in the 1908 Ox­ford Hymn Book.

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Rus­sell (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Johann G. Schicht
(1771–1832)

Lyrics

The Lord ascendeth up on high,
The Lord hath triumphed gloriously,
In power and might excelling;
The grave and hell are captive led,
Lo! He returns, our glorious Head,
To His eternal dwelling.

The heavens with joy receive their Lord,
By saints, by angel hosts adored,
O day of exultation!
O earth, adore thy glorious king!
His rising, His ascension sing
With grateful adoration!

Our great high priest hath gone before,
Now on His Church His grace to pour,
And still His love He giveth;
O may our hearts to Him ascend;
May all within us upward tend
To Him who ever liveth!