Hail the day that sees Him riseAuthor: Charles Wesley (1739)
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1 Hail the day that sees him rise,
Ravished from our wishful eyes!
Christ, a while to mortals given,
Re-ascends his native heaven.
There the pompous triumph waits;
"Lift your heads, eternal gates!
"Wide unfold the radiant scene,
"Take the King of Glory in!"
2 Him though highest heaven receives,
Still he loves the earth he leaves;
Though returning to his throne,
Still he calls mankind his own;
Still for us he intercedes,
Prevalent his death he pleads;
Near himself prepares our place,
Harbinger of human race.
3 Master (may we ever say)
Taken from our head today;
See thy faithful servants see,
Ever gazing upon thee!
Grant, though parted from our sight:
High above yon azure height,
Grant our hearts may thither rise,
Following thee beyond the skies.
4 Ever upward let us move,
Wafted on the wings of love,
Looking, when our Lord shall come,
Longing, gasping after home;
There we shall with thee remain;
Part'ners of thine endless reign;
There thy face unclouded see,
Find our heaven of heavens in thee.
Select Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Mr. Adgate's Pupils, 1787
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st. 1 = Acts 1:9-11
st. 2 = Ps. 24:7-10
st. 4 = Rom. 8:34, Heb. 7:25, John 14:2, 1 Cor. 15:20-23
st. 5 = 2 Tim. 2:12
Considered to be the most popular of all Ascension texts in English-language worship, "Hail the Day" was written by Charles Wesley (PHH 267) in ten stanzas and published in his Hymns and Sacred Poems (1739). Thomas Cotterill (b. Cannock, Staffordshire, England, 1779; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1823) altered the text and published his version in Selection of Psalms and Hymns (1820); the "alleluias" were added in George White's Hymns and Introits (1852). Included here with further alterations are original stanzas 1, 2, 4, 6, and 10.
"Hail the Day" sings out its "alleluias" for Christ's triumphal entry into glory after he accomplished his saving work on earth (st. 1-2) and for Christ's work of interceding and preparing a place for his people (st. 3-4). The text concludes by hailing the great day when we shall rule with Christ (st. 5).
Thomas Cotterill studied at St. John's College, Cambridge, England, and became an Anglican clergyman. A central figure in the dispute about the propriety of singing hymns, Cotterill published a popular collection of hymns (including many of his own as well as alterations of other hymns), Selection of Psalms and Hymns in 1810. But when he tried to introduce a later edition of this book in Sheffield in 1819, his congregation protested. Many believed strongly that the Church of England should maintain its tradition of exclusive psalm singing. In a church court the Archbishop of York and Cotterill reached a compromise: the later edition of Selection was withdrawn, and Cotterill was invited to submit a new edition for the archbishop's approval. The new edition was published in 1820 and approved as the first hymnal for the Anglican church of that region. Cotterill's suppressed book, however, set the pattern for Anglican hymnals for the next generation, and many of its hymns are still found in modern hymnals.
Ascension; other services that emphasize Christ's reign.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
Hail the day that sees Him rise. C. Wesley. [Ascension.] First published in Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1739, p. 211, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "Hymn for Ascension Pay" (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. i. p. 187). It has come into common use in various forms, of which the following are the most popular:—
1. The original. This was given in the Supplement to the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1830, No. 630; in the revised edition, 1875, No. 718; and several other collections. The first stanza reads:—
"Hail the day that sees Him rise,
Ravish'd from our wishful eyes!
Christ, awhile to mortals given,
Re-ascends His native heaven."
2. The full text, with slight alterations, appeared in Whitefields Collection, 1753, No. 43. This form of the hymn may be known by stanza vi., lines 1, 2, which read:—
"Still for us He intercedes ;
Prevalent His death He pleads."
3. An abbreviated text, given in Madan's Psalms & Hymn, 1760, No. 23, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines. In this stanzas ii. and v. are omitted, and the alterations as in Whitefield are adopted. This has been repeated in several collections, both old and new, including the Dutch Reformed Hymns of the Church, N. Y., 1869, No. 187. In this last case the original reading (altered in Whitefield) is restored.
4. The most popular form of the hymn dates from 1820. In that year it was given in the 9th edition of Cotterill's Selection, No. 106, as follows (the italics being Cotterill's alterations):—
1. "Hail the day that sees Him rise,
Glorious to His native skies!
Christ awhile to mortals given,
Enters now the highest heaven.
2. "There the glorious triumph waits;
Lift your heads, eternal gates!
Christ hath vanquish'd death and^sin,
Take the King of glory in.
3. "See, the heaven its Lord receives!
Yet He loves the earth He leaves;
Though returning to His throne,
Still He calls mankind His own.
4. "Still for us He intercedes;
His prevailing death He pleads;
Near Himself prepares our place,
Harbinger of human race.
5. "O though parted from our sight
Far above yon azure height,
Grant our hearts may thither rise,
Seeking Thee above the skies."
This text was repeated almost verbatim in Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833; Elliott's Psalms & Hymns, 1835; and others down to 1852, when, in the Rev. G. C. White's Introits and Hymns, the "Hallelujah " refrain was added to each verse. This form of the text, with the addition in some cases, as in Hymns Ancient & Modern, of stanza v. of the original ("See! He lifts His hands above "), is very popular, and is found in the Hymnary, 1872; Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861 & 1875; Thring's Collection, 1882; the Universal Hymn Book, 1885; and others. It is By C. Wesley, 1739; G. Whitefield, 1753; T. Cotterill, 1820; and G. C. White, 1852.
5. The text of the Hymnal Companion, 1870 and 1876, is from the original with the "Hallelujah" refrain, and the change in stanza ii., line 1, of "pompous" to "glorious" and stanza vi., line 1, "Grant” to “Lord."
6. In the Salisbury Hymn Book, 1857, No. 106. A cento from the original, the Cotterill-White, text, and others, together with a doxology, was given as "Hail the day that sees Him go." This was replaced by the original, in the Sarum Hymnal 1868,
7. The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, omits stanza iii. and vi. of the original, and gives variations from Gotterill and others.
8. In the 1863 edition of the S. P. C. K. Psalms & Hymns No. 230, there is a cento of which stanzas i.-iv. are altered from Wesley, and v., vi. are new to the hymn. It begins, "Master, Lord, to Thee we cry."
9. The American collections usually follow those of Great Britain in its various forms, and the source of each text can be determined by the foregoing annotations. In the Church Pastorals, Boston, 1864, No. 76, as "Master, may we ever say," is composed of stanzas vii.-x.
10. Several hymn-books also present slight variations either from the original, or from one of the altered forms, but these are too minute and numerous to give in detail.
When all its various forms are taken into account, this hymn ranks as one of the three hymns by C. Wesley which of all his compositions have attained to the greatest popularity. The other two are,"Hark! the herald angels sing," and "Jesu, lover of my soul."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|Text Title||First Line||Instances (18)||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Hail the Day That Sees Christ Rise||Hail the day that sees Christ rise||The New Century Hymnal #260||Charles Wesley||Joseph David Jones||126.96.36.199 with alleluias||Acts 1:6-11||GWALCHMAI||G Major or modal||1995|
|Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise||Hail the day that sees Him rise||Baptist Hymnal 1991 #165||Thomas Cotterill; Charles Wesley||William Henry Monk; Bill Newton||188.8.131.52 with alleluias||Ephesians 4:8||ASCENSION||A Flat Major||1991|
|Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise||Hail the day that sees him rise||Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #175||Charles Wesley, 1707-88||Pierre de Corbeille, d. 1221||184.108.40.206||ORIENTIS PARTIBUS||F Major or modal||1993|
|Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise||Hail the day that sees him rise||Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #189||Charles Wesley||William Henry Monk||220.127.116.11 with alleluia||ASCENSION (MONK)||G Major or modal||English||1996|
|Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise||Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia!||Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #209||Charles Wesley; Thomas Cotterill||Robert Williams||Psalm 24:7-10; John 14:2; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:20-23; 2 Timothy 2:12; Hebrews 7:25||LLANFAIR||F Major or modal||2013|
|Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise||Hail the day that sees Him rise||Celebrating Grace Hymnal #219||Charles Wesley; Thomas Cotterill||Robert Williams||18.104.22.168 with alleluia||Luke 24:50-51; Mark 16:19; Mark 16:19; Luke 24:50-51||LLANFAIR||G Major or modal||2010|
|Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise||Hail the day that sees Him rise Alleluia!||The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #232||Charles Wesley||John Roberts||LLANFAIR||F Major or modal||1986|
|Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise||Hail the day that sees him rise||Common Praise #247||Charles Wesley (1707-1788)||William Henry Monk (1823-1889)||22.214.171.124 with alleluias||Psalm 93; Daniel 7:1-3; Daniel 7:9-10; Daniel 7:13-18; Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:44-53; Ephesians 1:15-23; Hebrews 1:1-4; Hebrews 2:5-12; Revelation 5:1-14; Psalm 93; Daniel 7:1-3; Daniel 7:9-10; Daniel 7:13-18; Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:44-53; Ephesians 1:15-23; Hebrews 1:1-4; Hebrews 2:5-12; Revelation 5:1-14||ASCENSION||G Major or modal||English||1998|
|Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise||Hail the day that sees him rise||The Worshiping Church #258||Charles Wesley||Robert Williams; John Roberts||126.96.36.199 with alleluias||John 20:27; John 1:29; Psalm 24:7-10; Mark 16:19; Luke 24:50-51||LLANFAIR||F Major||English||1990|
|Hail the day that sees him rise||Hail the day that sees him rise||Complete Anglican Hymns Old & New #260||2000|
|Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise||Hail the day that sees him rise||Trinity Hymnal #290||Charles Wesley||Robert Williams||188.8.131.52 with alleluias||Psalm 24:7; Hebrews 1:3||LLANFAIR||F Major||English||1990|
|Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise||Hail the day that sees him rise||The United Methodist Hymnal #312||Charles Wesley||David Evans; Robert Williams||184.108.40.206 with alleluia||LLANFAIR||G Major||English||1989|
|Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise||Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia!||Worship and Rejoice #323||Charles Wesley, 1707-1788||Robert Williams, 1781-1821; John Roberts, 1822-1877||220.127.116.11 with alleluias||John 20:27; John 1:29; Luke 24:50-51; Mark 16:19; Psalm 24:7-10||LLANFAIR||F Major or modal||2001|
|Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise||Hail the day that sees him rise||Rejoice in the Lord #331||Charles Wesley||Robert Williams||18.104.22.168 with alleluia||Luke 24:51; 2 Kings 2:3; 2 Kings 2:5; John 14:2; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:23; 2 Corinthians 3:16||LLANFAIR||G Major||English||1985|
|Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise||Hail the day that sees Him rise||Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #388||C. Wesley, 1707-88||P. de Corbeille, d. 1221||22.214.171.124||Acts 1:1-11||ORIENTIS PARTIBUS||F Major or modal||English||1996|
|Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise||Hail the day that sees him rise||Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #409||Charles Wesley; Thomas Cotterill||Robert Williams||126.96.36.199 with alleluias||Isaiah 60:1-5; John 14:2; Acts 1:9; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 7; Romans 8; Acts 1||LLANFAIR||F Major||English||1987|
|Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise||Hail the day that sees him rise||Gather Comprehensive #457||Charles Wesley, 1707-1788||Robert Williams, 1781-1821||188.8.131.52 with alleluias||Psalm 24; Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 24:46-53; Acts 1:9-11||LLANFAIR||F Major||English||1994|
|Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise||Hail the day that sees him rise||Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #468||Charles Wesley, 1707-1788||Robert Williams, 1781-1821||184.108.40.206 with alleluias||LLANFAIR||F Major or modal||English||2004|