Ascension (Abraham Wood)

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  • (Posted 2019-07-28)  CPDL #54917:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2019-07-28).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 73 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1789.
  • (Posted 2019-07-28)  CPDL #54916:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2019-07-28).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 2 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Ascension
First Line: Jesus, our triumphant head
Composer: Abraham Wood
Lyricist: Joseph Hart

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: SacredSet piece   Meter: 77. 77

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1789 in Divine Songs, p. 27-31
Description: Words by Joseph Hart, 1759, in Hymns Composed on Various Subjects, Supplement I, Hymn 35, with six stanzas. Wood used all six stanzas of Hart's hymn in his composition.

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Original text and translations

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1. Jesus, our triumphant head,
Risen victorious from the dead,
To the realms of glory's gone,
To ascend his rightful throne.

2. Cherubs on the conqueror gaze,
Seraphs glow with brighter blaze.
Each bright order of the sky
Hail him as he passes by.


3. Saints the glorious triumph meet;
See their enemies at his feet.
By his scars his toils are viewed,
And his garments rolled in blood.

4. Heaven its King congratulates;
Opens wide her golden gates.
Angels songs of victory sing;
All the blissful regions ring.


5. Sinners, join the heavenly powers:
For redemption all is ours.
None but burdened sinners prove
Blood-bought pardon, dying love.

6. Hail, thou dear, thou worthy Lord;
Holy Lamb, incarnate Word!
Hail, thou suffering Son of God!
Take the trophies of thy blood.