492. On Christ's Ascension I Now Build

1 On Christ's ascension I now build
The hope of mine ascension;
This hope alone has always stilled
All doubt and apprehension;
For where the Head is, there as well
I know His members are to dwell
When Christ shall come and call them.

2 Since Christ returned to claim His throne,
Great gifts for me obtaining,
My heart shall rest in Him alone,
No other rest remaining;
For where my treasure went before,
There all my thoughts will ever soar
To still their deepest yearning.

3 O grant, dear Lord, this grace to me,
Recalling Your ascension,
That I may serve You faithfully,
In thanks for my redemption;
And then, when all my days will cease,
Let me depart in joy and peace
In answer to my pleading.

Text Information
First Line: On Christ's ascension I now build
Title: On Christ's Ascension I Now Build
Author: Josua Wegelin, 1604-40
Translator: William M. Czamanske, 1873-1964
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 87 87 887
Scripture: John 14:3; Colossians 3:1-4
Language: English
Tune Information
Arranger: Paul G. Bunjes, 1914-98
Meter: 87 87 887
Key: F Major or modal
Source: Etlich Christlich lider, Wittenberg, 1524
Copyright: Setting © 1976 Concordia Publishing House