Lyra Germanica: Second Series: The Christian Life
Christ's Ascension the Ground of Ours.
Auf Christi Himmelfahrt
Since Christ is gone to heaven, His home
I too must one day share;
And in this hope I overcome
All anguish, all despair;
For where the Head is, well we know
The members He hath left below
In time He gathers there.
Since Christ hath reach'd His glorious throne
And mighty gifts are His,
My heart can rest in heaven alone,
On earth my Lord I miss,
I long to be with Him on high,
And heart and thoughts would hourly fly
Where now my treasure is.
From Thy ascension let such grace,
My Lord, be found in me,
That steadfast faith may guide my ways
Unfaltering up to Thee,
And at Thy voice I may depart
With joy to dwell where Thou, Lord, art;
Oh grant this prayer to me!