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i Hail the day that sees Him rise

Glorious, to His native skies;
Christ, awhile to mortals given,
Enters now the highest heaven.


There the glorious triumph waits ;
Lift your heads, eternal gates ;
Wide unfold the radiant scene ;
Take the King of Glory in.

3 Him though highest heaven receives,

Still He loves the earth He leaves ;
Though returning to His throne,

He can ne'er forget His own. 4 Still for them He intercedes,

His prevailing death He pleads,
Now prepares for them a place,
Saviour of the ransomed race.

5 Ever upwards may we rove,

Wafted on the wings of love,
Looking when our Lord shall come,
Waiting, longing after home:

6 Then shall we with Thee remain,

Partners of Thine endless reign :
Then Thy face unclouded see;
Find our heaven of heavens in Thee. Amen.

M. Madan.


Æterne Rex altissime.

1 O THOU eternal King most High !

Who didst the world redeem;
And conquering death and hell, receive

A dignity supreme.
2 Thou, through the starry orbs, this day

Didst to Thy throne ascend ; Thenceforth to reign in sovereign power,

And glory without end.

3 There, seated in Thy majesty,

To Thee submissive bow
The heaven of heavens, the spacious earth,

The depths of hell below.
4 There, waiting for Thy faithful souls,

Be Thou to us, O Lord !
Our peerless joy while here we stay,

In heaven our great reward.
5 Renew our strength, our sins forgive,

Our miseries efface ;
And lift our souls aloft to Thee,

By Thy celestial grace.
6 Glory to Jesus, who returns

Triumphantly to heaven;
Praise to the Father evermore,
And Holy Ghost be given. Amen.

E. Caswall. (tr.)


OUR Lord is risen from the dead ;

Our Jesus is gone up on high :
The powers of hell are captive led,

Dragged to the portals of the sky.


There His triumphant chariot waits,

And angels chant the solemn lay;
“Lift up your heads, ye heavenly gates !

Ye everlasting doors, give way!

3 “Loose all your bars of massy light,

And wide unfold th' ethereal scene;
He claims these mansions as His right;

Receive the King of glory in.”

4 “Who is the King of glory? Who?

The Lord, that all His foes o'ercame,
The world, sin, death, and hell o'erthrew,

And Jesus is the Conqueror's name.”

5 Lo! His triumphant chariot waits,

And angels chant the solemn lay;
"Lift up your heads, ye heavenly gates !

Ye everlasting doors, give way!”


“Who is the King of glory? Who?”

The Lord, of glorious power possess’d,
The King of saints and angels too,
God over all, for ever blest.

C. Wesley. 132.


THE Saviour stood on Olivet;

His earthly task was o'er ;
And wherefore should He linger yet

On this world's dreary shore ?


He raised on high His hands divine,

He blessed His faithful train ;
O when shall Adam's guilty line

Such blessings hear again?

3 Then slowly toward the expecting sky

That sky's Creator rose ;
Angelic watchers, ranged on high,

Bade heaven's bright gates unclose.

4 He entered in, the Lord of might,

Eternal and supreme ;
His presence e'en those realms of light

Illumed with brighter beam.

5 O Thou, who thus exalted art,

On whom our souls rely ;
Grant to us now in mind and heart

To dwell with Thee on high.

6 And when at last the archangel's voice

Shall call us from the grave,
May we with all Thy saints rejoice,

Through Him who died to save. Amen. 133



Head that once was crowned with thorns,
Is crowned with glory now;
A royal diadem adorns

The mighty Victor's brow.
2 The highest place that Heaven affords

Is His, is His by right,
The King of kings, and Lord of lords,

And Heaven's eternal Light.

3 The joy of all who dwell above,

The joy of all below,
To whom He manifests His love,

And grants His Name to know.

4 To them the Cross, with all its shame,

With all its grace, is given ;
Their name an everlasting name,

Their joy the joy of Heaven.

5 They suffer with their Lord below,

They reign with Him above,
Their profit and their joy to know

The mystery of His love.

6 The cross He bore is life and health,

Though shame and death to Him,
His people's hope, His people's wealth,
Their everlasting theme.

T. Kelly.

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