Hymns of the Eastern Church, by J.M. Neale, , at sacred-texts.com
Canon for Ascension Day
by S. Joseph of the Studium
νεκρώσας τὸν θάνατον.
N ow that Death by death hath found his ending,
Thou dost call to Thee Thy loved Eleven;
And from holy Olivet ascending
On a cloud art carried up to Heaven.
O that wondrous Birth! that wondrous Rising!
That more wondrous mounting to the sky!
So Elias, earthly things despising,
In a fiery chariot went on high.
P arted from Him, still they watch’d His going:
'Why stand gazing thus?' the Angel said:
'This same Jesus, all His glory showing,
Shall return to judge the quick and dead.'
Q uicken’d and cleans’d, receive remission new
In the descending Spirit's fiery dew,
Sons of the Church, and light-formed generation!
For lo! the law goes forth from Sion's nation,
The cloven tongues of flame the Paraclete's salvation!