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The Lord Ascendeth Up on High

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1 The Lord ascendeth up on high,
the Lord hath triumphed gloriously,
in power and might excelling;
the grave and hell are captive led,
see him return, our glorious Head,
to his eternal dwelling.

2 The heavens with joy receive their Lord,
by saints, by angel hosts adored;
O day of exultation!
Come earth, adore thy glorious King!
His rising, his ascension sing
with grateful adoration!

3 Our great High Priest hath gone before,
now on his Church his grace to pour;
and still his love he giveth:
oh, may our hearts to him ascend;
may all within us upward tend
to him who ever liveth!

Source: Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #440

Author: Arthur T. Russell

Arthur Tozer Russell was born at Northampton, March 20, 1806. He entered S. John's College, Cambridge, in 1824, took the Hulsean Prize in 1825, and was afterwards elected to a scholarship. He was ordained Deacon in 1829, Priest in 1830, and the same year was appointed Vicar of Caxton. In 1852, he was preferred to the vicarage of Whaddon. In 1863, he removed to S. Thomas', Toxteth Park, near Liverpool, and in 1867, to Holy Trinity, Wellington, Salop. He is the editor and author of numerous publications, among them several volumes of hymns. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, 1872.… Go to person page >


The Lord ascendeth up on high. A. T. Russell. [Ascension.] Published in the Hymns for Published Worship and Private Devotion, published for the benefit of the London German Hospital, Dalston, 1848, in 4 stanzas of 6 lines. In 1854 stanzas i., ii., and a third stanza by Bishop How, were given in Morrell and How's Psalms & Hymns, No. 51, each stanza being in 7 lines. This text was repeated in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #3572
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
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Small Church Music #3497
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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #440TextPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #173a
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #173bPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #219TextPage Scan
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #210
Rejoice in the Lord #330TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #1954Audio
Small Church Music #3497Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #3572TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #135TextPage Scan
Include 23 pre-1979 instances