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Hymns of the Eastern Church, by J.M. Neale, [1884], at

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Canon for Ascension Day


by S. Joseph of the Studium

φωτεινή σε, φῶς.

W   afting Him up on high,
      The glorious cloud receives
    The Lord of Immortality,
      And earth the Victor leaves:
    The Heavenly People raise the strain,
    The Apostles pour the hymn again;—
      God of our Fathers, Thou art blest!

Y   e faithful, tell your joys!
      All hearts with gladness bound!
    God is gone up with a merry noise,—
      The Lord with the trumpet's sound!
    To Him we cry, by woes once tried,
    Now glorious at the Father's side,—
      God of our Fathers, Thou art blest!

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Z   ealous for God of yore,
      With zeal still Moses burns:
    "Come, Heavenly Spirits, and adore
      The Victor Who returns;
    Rise, Angel legions, rise and sing
    The ancient hymn to greet the King,—
      God of our Fathers, Thou art blest!"


J   oin’d with the trumpet-peal, the din and shout,
    Cornet, flute, sackbut, dulcimer rang out,
    And bade adore the golden deity:
    The Spirit's gentler voice gives praise to Thee,
O   co-eternal One—O consubstantial Three!

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