1 Thou art gone up on high
To mansions in the skies;
And round Thy throne unceasingly
The songs of praise arise:
But we are lingering here,
With sin and care opprest;
Lord, send Thy promised Comforter,
And lead us to Thy rest.
2 Thou art gone up on high;
But Thou didst first come down,
Through earth's most bitter agony,
To pass unto Thy crown;
And girt with griefs and fears
Our onward course must be;
But only let that path of tears
Lead us at last to Thee.
3 Thou art gone up on high;
But Thou shalt come again,
With all the bright ones of the sky
Attendant in Thy train.
Lord, by Thy saving power,
So make us live and die,
That we may stand, in that dread hour,
At Thy right hand on high.
Thou art [hast] gone up on high, To mansions, &c. Emma Toke, née Leslie. [Ascension.] Written in 1851, and contributed anonymously to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Hymns for Public Worship, 1852, No. 61, in 3 stanzas of 4 lines; and again in later editions of the same collection. Its use is very extensive in most English-speaking countries. The text is seldom altered, a marked instance to the contrary, however, being the Hymnary, 1872. In Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861, stanza i., 1. 2, reads "To realms"; but in the 1875 edition the original reading " To mansions" is restored.
In 1871, Mrs. Toke slightly altered the text for the Rev. R. Judd's Sunday School Liturgy & Hymn Book, No. 62 (Halifax), and wrote at the same time the following additional verse, which is given in Judd's collection as the first:—
"Thou hast gone up on high!
Triumphant o'er the grave,
And captive led captivity,
Thy ransomed ones to save.
Thou hast gone up on high!
Oh! help us to ascend,
And there with Thee continually,
In heart and spirit blend."
This stanza is practically unknown to compilers, and is not in general use.
Display Title: Thou Art Gone Up on HighFirst Line: Thou art gone up on high, to mansions in the skiesTune Title: OLIVET (Dykes)Author: Emma L. TokeMeter: SMDSource: Hymns for Public Worship, by the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, 1852