391. Lo, God to Heaven Ascendeth

1 Lo, God to heav'n ascendeth!
Great joy doth there abound;
With shouts triumphant blendeth
The trumpet's thrilling sound.
Sing praise to Christ the Lord;
Sing praise with exultation,
King of each heathen nation,
The God of hosts adored!

2 With joy is heav'n resounding
Christ's glad return to see;
Behold the saints surrounding
The Lord who set them free,
Bright myriads, thronging, come;
The cherub band rejoices,
And loud seraphic voices
All welcome Jesus home.

3 No more the way is hidden,
Since Christ, our Head, arose;
No more to man forbidden,
The road to heav'n that goes;
Our Lord is gone before,
Yet here He will not leave us,
But soon in heav'n receive us:
He opens wide the door.

4 Christ is our place preparing.
To heav'n we, too, shall rise,
And, joys angelic sharing,
Be where our Treasure lies:
There may each heart be found,
Where Jesus Christ has entered!
There let our hopes be centered,
Our course still heav'nward bound!

5 May we, His servants, thither
In heart and mind ascend;
And let us sing together.
We seek Thee, Christ, our Friend--
Thee, God's anointed Son--
Our life, and way to heaven,
To whom all pow'r is given,
Our joy and hope and crown.

Text Information
First Line: Lo, God to heav'n ascendeth
Title: Lo, God to Heaven Ascendeth
German Title: Gott fahret auf gen Himmel
Author: G. Sacer, 1635-99
Translator: F. E. Cox, 1812-97 (alt.)
Meter: 76 76 67 76
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Exaltation of Christ
Tune Information
Meter: 76 76 67 76
Key: F Major
Source: New Catechismus Gesangb├╝chlein, Hamburg, 1598

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