Scripture Verse

While they beheld, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. While they looked steadfastly toward Heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, and said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven. Acts 1:9–11

Introduction

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Ascension of Christ
John Singleton Copley, 1775

Words: La­tin, prob­ab­ly 7th or 8th Cen­tu­ry (Je­su nos­tra re­demp­tio). Trans­lated from its form in the Ro­man Bre­vi­ary (Sa­lu­tis hu­ma­næ Sa­tor) to Eng­lish by Ri­chard Mant, An­cient Hymns from the Ro­man Bre­vi­a­ry (Lon­don: J. G. & F. Riv­ing­ton, 1837), num­ber 49, alt.

Music: Cre­a­tion Franz J. Hay­dn, 1798 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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Richard Mant
(1776–1848)

Lyrics

Savior of men, our joy supreme,
The heart’s desire and pure delight;
Who by Thy love didst those redeem,
Whom Thou created by Thy might:
What unknown love could Thee constrain,
Our sins, all sinless, to sustain?
And death’s sharp sting to crucify,
That we might live and never die?

Thou break’st through Chaos’ old domain,
Unbind’st the prisoned captive’s band,
And with triumphant state dost reign
In glory on Thy Sire’s right hand.
O for our woes benignly feel;
Our wounds with gentle mercy heal;
Our eyes, which long Thy face to see,
Glad with the blissful sight of Thee!

Be Thou our heav’nward guide and way,
Thou of our hearts the aim and goal;
Wipe Thou our tears with joy away,
Revive and gladden Thou the soul!
To Thee, ascended up to Heav’n,
Triumphant Son, be glory giv’n;
And, girt with Heav’n’s adoring host,
Thee, Sire of all; Thee, Holy Ghost!