Sing we triumphant hymns of praise
To hail our Lord in festive days
Who by a road before untrod
Ascended to the throne of God.
In wond’ring awe His faithful band
Upon the Mount of Olives stand,
And with the Virgin Mother see
Their Lord ascend in majesty.
Then speak, bright angels, drawing nigh:
“Why stand ye gazing at the sky?
This is the Saviour’s triumph-day;
To His reward He went away.”
“Returning to His heavenly throne,
He takes His kingdom for His own;
And thence again, when time shall end,
To judge the nations shall descend.”
O risen Christ, ascended Lord,
All praise to Thee let earth accord;
Be Thou our joy and strong defense,
And our eternal recompense.
John G. Hacker, Catholic Hymnal (New York: Schwartz, Kirwin & Fauss, 1920).