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Hail, Festal day (Ascension)

Refrain.
Hail! festal day! to endless ages known,
When God ascended to his starry throne.


1. Now with the Lord of new and heavenly
His gifts return to grace the springing

Refrain.
Hail! festal day! to endless ages known,
When God ascended to his starry throne.


2. Now glows the earth with painted flowers' array,
And warmer light unbars the gates of day.

Refrain.
Hail! festal day! to endless ages known,
When God ascended to his starry throne.


3. Now Christ, from gloomy hell, comes triumphing,
And field and grove with clover and leafage spring.

Refrain.
Hail! festal day! to endless ages known,
When God ascended to his starry throne.


4. The reign of death o'erthrown, he mounts on high,
Sent forth with joyous praise from sea and sky.

Refrain.
Hail! festal day! to endless ages known,
When God ascended to his starry throne.


5. Loose now the captives, loose the prison door,
The fallen, from the deep, to light restore.

Refrain.
Hail! festal day! to endless ages known,
When God ascended to his starry throne.


6. A countless people, from death's fetters free,
Own thee Redeemer, join, and follow thee.

Refrain.
Hail! festal day! to endless ages known,
When God ascended to his starry throne.


7. Creator and Redeemer, Christ our Light!
The One begotten of the Father's might;

Refrain.
Hail! festal day! to endless ages known,
When God ascended to his starry throne.


8. Co-equal, Co-eternal, thou to whom
The kingdom of the world decreed shall come;

Refrain.
Hail! festal day! to endless ages known,
When God ascended to his starry throne.


9. Thou, looking on our race in darkness laid,
To rescue man, true Man thyself wast made.

Refrain.
Hail! festal day! to endless ages known,
When God ascended to his starry throne.



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