"Lo, God to Heaven Ascendeth" by Gottfried Wilhelm Sacer, 1635-1699 Translated by Frances Elizabeth Cox, 1812-1897 Text From: THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942)p.161 1. Lo, God to heaven ascendeth! Throughout its regions vast With shouts triumphant blendeth The trumpet's thrilling blast: Sing praise to Christ the Lord; Sing priase with exultation, King of each heathen nation, The God of hosts adored! 2. With joy is heaven resounding Chirst'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. From cross to throne ascending, We follow Chirst on high And know the pathway wending To mansions in the sky. Our Lord is gone before; Yet here He will not leave us, But soon in heaven receive us And open wide the door. 4. Our place He is preparing; To heaven we, too, shall rise, With Him His glory sharing, Be where our Treasure lies. Bestir thyself, my soul! Where Jesus Christ has entered, There let thy hope be centered; Press onward toward the goal. 5. Let all our thoughts be winging To where Thou didst ascend, And let our hearts be singing: "We seek Thee, Christ, our Friend, Thee, God's exalted Son, Our Life, and Way to heaven, To whom all power is given, Our Joy and Hope and Crown."This text was converted to ascii format for Project Wittenberg by Cindy A. Beesley and is in the public domain. You may freely distribute, copy or print this text. Please direct any comments or suggestions to: Rev. Robert E. Smith of the Walther Library at Concordia Theological Seminary. E-mail: email@example.com
Notes: Hymn #214 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Ps. 47:5-7 Author: Gottfried W. Sacer, 1661, cento Translated by: Frances E. Cox, 1841, alt. Titled: "Gott faehret auf gen Himmel" Tune: "Aus meines Herzens Grunde" 1st Published in: _Neu Catechismus-Gesangbuechlein_ Town: Hamburg, 1598
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