Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, The Ascension, Vespers, Lauds

AscensionThou, to whom man salvation owes,
Jesus, delight of hearts most sweet,
O Founder of the world redeemed,
Chaste Light, whom all true lovers greet.

By what compassion overcome,
Didst Thou to bear our sins consent,
And to set sinners free from death,
Wouldst die Thyself, though innocent?

Bursting through Chaos bondage dark,
Thou throwest off our fatal chains,
Seated triumphant on that Throne,
On which the Eternal Father reigns.

O let Thyself by mercy be,
To heal our dreadful woes, constrained,
Fill us with blessed light, when we
The sight of Thy sweet Face have gained.

Thou art our guide and way to Heaven,
Our hearts desire, then also be
Our joy in tears, and with glad life
Reward us in Eternity. Amen.

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