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Ascension C
Sunday 24th May 2020


Image supplied by Sr Cecilia Prest, 'Gentle Light'
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Poems

Poetry speaks to the heart through the experience of another. The effort it takes to lay aside our own views and feelings and enter into someone else's vision helps us to prepare our hearts to be open to the wisdom of God.

This Sunday's Poetry

from La Corona by John Donne

Salute the last, and everlasting day,
Joy at the uprising of this Sunne, and Sonne,
Ye whose just tears, or tribulation
Have purely washed, or burnt your drossy clay;
Behold the Highest, parting hence away,
Lightens the dark clouds, which he treads upon,
Nor doth he by ascending, show alone,
But first he, and he first enters the way.
O strong Ram which hast battered heaven for me,
Mild lamb, which with thy blood, hast marked the path;
Bright Torch, which shin'st, that I the way may see,
Oh, with thy own blood quench thy own just wrath.
And if the holy Spirit, my Muse did raise,
Deign at my hands this crown of prayer and praise.

Two Ascension Hymns by John Wesley

Ye Faithful Souls, who Jesus Know

YE faithful souls, who Jesus know,
if risen indeed with him ye are,
superior to the joys below,
His resurrection's power declare.

Your faith by holy tempers prove,
by actions show your sins forgiven,
and seek the glorious things above,
and follow Christ, your Head, to heaven.

There your exalted Saviour see,
Seated at God's right hand again,
in all his Father's majesty,
in everlasting pomp to reign.

To him continually aspire,
contending for your native place;
and emulate the angel-choir,
and only live to love and praise.

For who by faith your Lord receive,
ye nothing seek or want beside;
dead to the world and sin ye live,
your creature-love is crucified.

Your real life, with Christ concealed,
deep in the Father's bosom lies;
and, glorious as your Head revealed,
ye soon shall meet him in the skies.

God is Gone up on High

GOD is gone up on high,
with a triumphant noise;
the clarions of the sky
proclaim the angelic joys!
Join all on earth, rejoice and sing;
glory ascribe to glory's King.

God in the flesh below,
for us he reigns above:
let all the nations know
our Jesu's conquering love!
Join all on earth, rejoice and sing;
glory ascribe to glory's King.

All power to our great Lord
is by the Father given;
by angel-hosts adored,
He reigns supreme in heaven:
Join all on earth, rejoice and sing;
glory ascribe to glory's King.

High on his holy seat
He bears the righteous sway;
His foes beneath his feet
shall sink and die away:
Join all on earth, rejoice and sing;
glory ascribe to glory's King.

His foes and ours are one,
Satan, the world, and sin;
but he shall tread them down,
and bring his kingdom in:
Join all on earth, rejoice and sing;
glory ascribe to glory's King.

Till all the earth, renewed
in righteousness divine,
with all the hosts of God
in one great chorus join:
Join all on earth, rejoice and sing;
glory ascribe to glory's King.

From Ascension Day

I soar and rise
Up to the skies,
Leaving the world their day,
And in my flight,
For the true light
Go seeking all the way.

-Henry Vaughan
from Ascension Day

He that hath found some fledged bird's nest may know
At first sight, if the bird be flown;
But what fair well or grove he sings in now,
That is to him unknown.

-Henry Vaughan Last verse of World of Light

Why, since You wounded
This heart, don't You heal it?
And why, since You stole it from me,
Do You leave it so,
And fail to carry off what You have stolen?

-John of the Cross from The Spiritual Canticle

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