Scripture Verse

Suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. Acts 2:2–3


Percy Dearmer (1867–1936)

Words: Un­known au­thor, cir­ca 4th Cen­tu­ry (Jam Chris­tus as­tra as­cen­de­rat). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Per­cy Dear­mer in The Eng­lish Hym­nal (Lon­don: Ox­ford Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 1906), num­ber 150.

Music: Mon­te Cas­si­no Ital­ian hymn tune (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Deus Tuo­rum Mi­li­tum Gre­no­ble An­ti­phon­er, 1753 (🔊 pdf nwc)


When Christ our Lord had passed once more
Into the Hea­ven He left be­fore,
He sent a Com­fort­er be­low
The Fa­ther’s pro­mise to be­stow.

The so­lemn time was soon to fall
Which told the num­ber mys­ti­cal
For since the re­sur­rect­ion day
A week of weeks had passed away.

At the third hour a rush­ing noise
Came like the tem­pest’s sud­den voice,
And mingled with the apos­tles’ pray­er,
Proclaiming loud that God was there.

From out the Fa­ther’s light it came,
That beau­ti­ful and kind­ly flame,
To kin­dle every Chris­tian heart,
And fer­vor of the Word im­part.

As then, O Lord, Thou didst ful­fill,
Each ho­ly heart to do Thy will,
So now do Thou our sins for­give
And make the world in peace to live.

To God the Fa­ther, God the Son,
And God the Spir­it, praise be done;
May Christ the Lord up­on us pour
The Spir­it’s gift for­ev­er­more.