Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, The Ascension, Matins

AscensionO King Eternal, and most High,
Redeemer of all men of faith,
Who didst triumphant glory win,
Giving a deadly wound to death.

Thou mountedst o’er the starry orbs,
Called to the highest heights of Heaven,
Because to Thee to rule the world,
By Heaven, and not by man, is given.

That all the wondrous triple world,
Which now is subject made to Thee,
The things of Heaven, and those of earth,
And under earth, may bend the knee.

The Angels tremble, as they see
The lot of mortals changed again,
For flesh doth sin, and Flesh doth cleanse,
And Flesh of God as God doth reign.

O be Thou then, Thyself, our joy,
Waiting in Heaven as our reward,
And, vanquishing the world, surpass
The pleasure earthly joys afford.

We therefore do most humbly pray,
That pardon to our sins be given,
And that our hearts be lifted up
To Thee, by grace that comes from Heaven.

That, when Thou in the clouds, as Judge,
In sudden glory shalt come down,
Thou may st remit the pains deserved,
And where twas lost, restore the Crown.

To Thee, Victorious Jesus, now
Returning unto Highest Heaven,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
Be everlasting glory given. Amen.

– translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, C.O., Bishop of Nottingham, England