1 Golden harps are sounding, angel voices ring,
pearly gates are opened, opened for the King:
Christ, the King of glory, Jesus, King of love,
is gone up in triumph to his throne above.
All his work is ended, joyfully we sing:
Jesus hath ascended: glory to our King!
2 He who came to save us, he who bled and died,
now is crowned with glory at his Father's side.
Nevermore to suffer, nevermore to die,
Jesus, King of glory, is gone up on high. [Refrain]
3 Praying for his children in that blessed place,
calling them to glory, sending them his grace;
his bright home preparing, faithful ones for you;
Jesus ever liveth, ever loveth too. [Refrain]
Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #293
|First Line:||Golden harps are sounding|
|Title:||Golden Harps are Sounding|
|Author:||Frances R. Havergal|
"When visiting at Perry Barr, F. R. H. walked to the boys' schoolroom, and being very tired she leaned against the playground wall, while Mr. Snepp [editor of Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872] went in. Returning in ten minutes he found her scribbling on an old envelope. At his request she gave him the hymn just pencilled, ‘Golden harps,’ &c. Her popular tune Hermas was composed for this hymn. Hermas was the tune she sang, as “the pearly gates opened' for her, June 3, 1879." [HAV. MSS.]The use of this "Ascension Hymn for Children," in Great Britain is limited, but in America it has attained to great popularity. It was published in the Day Spring Magazine, and the Day of Days, May, 1872; in Under the Surface, 1874, and in Life Mosaic, 1879. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)