1 Lord, on earth I dwell sad-hearted,
Here I oft must mourn and sigh;
Wherefore hast Thou then departed,
Why didst Thou ascend on high?
Take me, take me hence with Thee,
Or abide, Lord, still with me;
Let Thy love and gifts be left,
That I be not all bereft.
2 Leave Thy heart still inly near me,
Take mine hence where Thou art gone,
Open heav'n to me, and hear me,
When to Thee I cry alone;
When I cannot pray, O plead
With Thy Father in my stead;
Seated now at God's right hand,
Help us here, Thy faithful band.
3 Worldly joys I cast behind me,
Let me choose the better part,
And though mortal chains yet bind me,
Heav'nward tend my thoughts and heart;
That my time through faith may be
Ordered for eternity;
Till we rise, all perils o'er,
Whither Thou hast gone before.
4 Then return, the promise keeping,
That was made to us of old;
Raise the members that are sleeping,
Gnaw'd of death, beneath the mould;
Judge the evil world that deems
Thy sure words but empty dreams;
And for all our sorrows past
Let us know Thy joy at last.
Source: Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #97