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Christ’s Ascension. Luke 24. 51-53; Ps. 68. 18

J. Hart    C.M.

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Now for a theme of thankful praise
To tune the stammerer’s tongue;
Christians, your hearts and voices raise,
And join the joyful song.

2
The Lord’s ascended up on high,
Decked with resplendent wounds;
While shouts of victory rend the sky,
And heaven with joy resounds.

3
See, from the regions of the dead,
Through all the ethereal plains,
The powers of darkness captive led,
The dragon dragged in chains.

4
Ye eternal gates, your leaves unfold!
Receive the conquering King;
Ye angels, strike your harps of gold;
And saints, triumphant sing.

5
Sinners, rejoice! he died for you;
For you prepares a place;
Sends down his Spirit to guide you through
With every gift of grace.

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His blood, which did your sins atone,
For your salvation pleads;
And, seated on his Father’s throne,
He reigns and intercedes.