Scripture Verse

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


Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. Christ’s as­cen­sion, and the gift of the Spir­it.

Music: Tru­ro from Psal­mo­dia Ev­an­ge­li­ca, by Tho­mas Will­iams, 1789 (🔊 pdf nwc).


Lord, when Thou didst as­cend on high,
Ten thousand angels filled the sky;
Those heavenly guards around Thee wait,
Like chariots that attend Thy state.

Not Sinai’s mountain could appear
More glo­ri­ous when the Lord was there;
While He pronounced His dreadful law,
And struck the chosen tribes with awe.

How bright the triumph none can tell,
When the rebellious powers of hell,
That thousand souls had captive made,
Were all in chains like captives led.

Raised by His Fa­ther to the throne,
He sent the promised Spir­it down
With gifts and grace for rebel men
That God might dwell on earth again.