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


Words: An­cient La­tin, au­thor un­known (Æter­ne Rex Al­tis­si­me). Trans­lat­ed to Eng­lish by Ri­chard Mant, An­cient Hymns from the Ro­man Bre­vi­ary (Lon­don: J. G. & F. Riv­ing­ton, 1837), num­ber 48.

Music: An­cy­ra Ben­ja­min C. Un­seld, 1901 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

Richard Mant (1776–1848)


Ascension of Christ
John Singleton Copley, 1775

Eternal King of Heav’n on high,
Hope of Thy saints be­neath,
Crowned with tri­um­phant ma­jes­ty,
The van­quish­er of death:

Thou dost as­cend the star­ry spheres,
Prompt at the heav’n­ly call,
Which, all un­heard by mor­tal ears,
Salutes Thee Lord of all:

That of the world, wher­e’er they dwell,
The tribes may wor­ship Thee;
And things in Heav’n, in earth, in hell,
May bow the sub­ject knee.

Angels be­hold the change with awe:
How sin with flesh be­gan,
And sin by flesh sub­dued they saw,
The con­quer­or God in man!

Do Thou from Thy ce­les­ti­al heights
Our prize, our plea­sure, prove!
The world Thy sub­ject; Thy de­lights
All world­ly joys above.

Thence for our sins the pray­er at­tend,
Thy par­don­ing grace sup­ply,
And down Thy health­ful Spi­rit send
To lift our hearts on high.

That when around Thy judg­ment seat
The skies their ra­di­ance pour,
Thou mayst re­mit our pe­nal debt,
Our for­feit crowns re­store.

O Je­sus, glo­ry be to Thee,
In Thy ce­les­ti­al rest,
Throned with Pa­ter­nal Ma­jes­ty,
And with the Spi­rit blest!