Scripture Verse

Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will return in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven. Acts 1:11

Introduction

Words: Tom L. Brown, in Church­man’s Trea­su­ry of Song (Lon­don: Me­thu­en, 1907), pag­es 373–74.

Music: Con­tem­pla­tion (Gore-Ous­e­ley) Fred­er­ick A. Gore-Ous­e­ley (1825–1889) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Brown’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Frederick A. Gore-Ouseley
(1825–1889)

Lyrics

Oh, bright and happy Olivet,
Where once the Master trod,
From whence He first went up on high—
True Man and Very God.

Incarnate Christ in human flesh,
We wait till Thou appear,
With glory crowned, and saints around
Caught up in joy and fear.

Oh, bright and happy Olivet,
Once more shalt thou behold
The blessèd form of God’s own Son,
As by those angels told.

And then shall David’s throne be set,
And Israel too shall be
Amid the happy throng that shall
The true Messiah see.

Oh, bright and happy Olivet,
How glad that day and fair,
When Jew and Gentile in accord
His love shall then declare.

For when He comes, they shall return
With joy upon their head,
For Israel shall accepted be
As living from the dead!

Oh, bright and happy Olivet,
The time now draweth near
When Israel, God’s beloved, shall know
Contrition’s sweetest tear.

For Christ shall come to earth again,
His scattered flock to save;
And on the throne of David reign,
Victorious o’er the grave.