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Christ Ascended. 75
Jesu ! the pure, the spotless Lamb, Who to the Temple humbly came,
Duteous, the legal rites to pay ! O make our proud, our stubborn will All Thy wise, gracious laws fulfil,
Whate'er rebellious nature say !
Jesu ! who on the fatal wood
Pour'dst out Thy life's last drop of blood,
Nailed to the accursed shameful cross ! O may we bless Thy love, and be Ready, dear Lord, to bear for thee
All shame, all grief, all pain, and loss !
Jesu ! who, by Thine own love slain, By Thine own Power took'st life again,
And Conqueror from the grave didst rise ! O may Thy death our souls revive, And ev'n on earth a new life give,
A glorious life, that never dies !
Jesu ! who to Thy heaven again Return'dst in triumph, there to reign,
Of men and angels sovereign king! O may our parting souls take flight Up to that land of joy and light,
And there for ever grateful sing !
All glory to the sacred Three, One undivided Deity !
All honour, power, and love, and praise ! Still may Thy blessed Name shine bright In beams of uncreated light,
Crown'd with its own eternal rays !
Variation from John Austin. 1668. By John Wesley', 1739.