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2 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.
3 Our great High Priest hath gone before,
Now on His Church His grace to pour,
And still His love He giveth :
Oh may our hearts to Him ascend,
May all within us upward tend
To Him who ever liveth !
OD is gone up with a merry noise Of saints that sing on high; With His own right hand and His holy arm He hath won the victory !
2 Now empty are the courts of death,
And crushed thy sting, despair;
And roses bloom in the desert tomb,
For Jesus hath been there !
3 And He hath tamed the strength of hell,
And dragged him through the sky,
And captive behind His chariot wheel
He hath bound captivity.
4 God is gone up with a merry noise
Of saints that sing on high ;
With His own right hand and His holy arm
He hath won the victory!
E is gone—beyond the skies,
A cloud receives Him from our eyes;
Gone beyond the highest height
Of mortal gaze or angels' flight;
Through the veil of time and space,
Passed into the Holiest Place;
All the toil, the sorrow done,
All the battle fought and won.
2 He is gone—and we return,
And our hearts within us burn;
Olivet no more shall greet
With welcome shout His coming feet;
Never shall we track Him more
On Gennesareth’s glistening shore;
Never in that look or voice
Shall Zion's hill again rejoice.
3 He is gone—and we remain
In this world of sin and pain;
In the void which He has left,
On this earth of Him bereft,
We have still His work to do,
We can still His path pursue;
Seek Him both in friend and foe,
In ourselves His image show.
4. He is gone—we heard Him say,
“Good that I should go away.”
Gone is that dear Form and Face,
But not gone His present grace:
Though Himself no more we see,
Comfortless we cannot be;
No! His Spirit still is ours,
Quickening, freshening all our powers.
He is gone—towards their goal
World and Church must onwards roll;
Far behind we leave the past;
Forwards are our glances cast:
Still His words before us range
Through the ages, as they change :
Wheresoe'er the Truth shall lead,
He will give whate'er we need.
He is gone—but we once more
Shall behold Him as before ;
In the heaven of heavens the same,
As on earth. He went and came.
In the many mansions there,
Place for us will He prepare:
In that world, unseen, unknown,
He and we may yet be one.
He is gone—but, not in vain,
Wait, until He comes again:
He is risen, He is not here,
Far above this earthly sphere:
Evermore in heart and mind,
Where our peace in Him we find,
To our own eternal Friend,
Thitherward let us ascend.
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YE who love the Lord,
And feel His quickening power,
Unite with one accord
His goodness to adore;
To heaven and earth aloud proclaim
Your great Redeemer's glorious name.
2 He left His throne above,
His glory laid aside,
Came down on wings of love,
And wept, and bled, and died:
The pangs He bore what tongue can tell,
To save our souls from death and hell ?
3 He burst the grave; He rose
Victorious from the dead;
And thence His vanquished foes
In glorious triumph led :
Up through the heavens the Conqueror rode
Triumphant to the throne of God.
4 He soon again will come—
His chariot will not stay—
To take His children home
To realms of endless day:
We there shall see Him face to face,
And sing the triumphs of His grace.
OME, Holy Ghost, eternal God,
Proceeding from above—
Both from the Father and the Son—
The God of peace and love.
2 Visit our minds, into our hearts
Thy heavenly grace inspire;
That truth and godliness we may
Pursue with full desire.
3 Thou art the very Comforter
In grief and all distress;
The heavenly gift of God most high,
No tongue can it express:
4 The fountain and the living spring
Of joy celestial;
The fire so bright, the love so sweet,
And unction spiritual.
5 Thou in Thy gifts art manifold,
By them Christ's Church doth stand;
In faithful hearts Thou writ'st Thy law,
The finger of God's hand.
6 According to Thy promise, Lord,
Thou givest speech with grace,
That through Thy help God's praises may.
Resound in every place.