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Thou Art Gone Up On High

For Ascension

Words: Emma Leslie. Toke (1812-1872), 1852

Music: Olivet (Dykes), Old 25th, Psalmes, 1558

Meter: SM

Source: Hymns for Public Worship. Second Edition. (London: Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge (SPCK), 1852, 1854), No. 61, p. 45.

Thou art gone up on high,
thou hast led captivity captive,
and received gifts for men.
Psalm 68:17

1. Thou art gone up on high,
To mansions in the skies;
And round Thy throne unceasingly
The songs of praise arise;
But we are lingering here,
With sin and care oppress'd;
Lord, send Thy promised Comforter,
And lead us to our rest.

2. Thou art gone up on high;
But Thou didst first come down,
Through earth’s most bitter misery
To pass unto thy crown;
And girt with griefs and fears
Our onward course must be;
But only let that path of tears
Lead us at last to Thee!

3. Thou art gone up on high;
But Thou shalt come again,
With all the bright ones of the sky
Attendant in thy train.
Oh! by Thy saving power,
So make us live and die,
That we may stand in that dread hour
At thy right hand on high.

Also Found In

Biographical Notes from John Julian, The Dictionary of Hymnology: (1892, 1907)

Toke, Emma, nee Leslie, daughter of John Leslie, D.D., Bishop of Kilmore, was b. at Holywood, Belfast, Aug. 9, 1812: married to the Bev. Nicholas Toke, Godington Park, Aslrford, Kent, in 1837: and d. in 1872. Mrs. Toke's early hymns were written in 1851, "at the request of a friend who was collecting for the Committee of the S. P. C. K." (Miller, p. 573), and they appeared in the S. P. C. K. Hymns for Pub. Worship, 1852, as follows:—

1. Glory to Thee, O Lord (see p. 489, ii.).

2. Lord, of Thy mercy, hear our cry. National Thanksgiving.

3. O Lord, in all oar trials here. Saints' Days, General.

4. O Lord, Thou Knowest all the snares, tent,

5. O Thou, to Whoso all seeing eye. Annunciation.

6. O Thou, Who didst with love untold. St. Thomas.

7. Thou art gone up on high. Ascension.

The most popular of these hymns are, "Glory to Thee, O Lord " ; "O Lord, Thou knowest all the snares" ; and "Thou art gone up on high." These hymns us a whole are simple and pleasing. They seldom rise into passionate fervour, and are weakened in several instances by faulty construction. They have been widely adopted in G. Britain and America. Another series of hymns by Mrs. Toke was contributed to the Sunday School Liturgy . . . and Hymn Book, arranged by the Rev. B. Judd, B.A., Incumbent of St. Mary's, Halifax. Halifax, K.King, 1870. These hymns have failed to attract attention, although in literary merit they full little short of her earlier efforts. They are :—

8. Jesu ! by Whose Almighty Grace. St. Andrew.

9. Lord God, the strength and stay of all. General*

10. Lord of all power and might General.

11. Lord of light and life. St. Mark.

12. O Father, Whom in truth to know. 83. Philip and James.

13. O God of comfort, Thou alone. St. Barnabas.

14. O God of mercy, chill and dark. St. John Evang,

15. O God, the strength and stay of all. General.

16. O God, upon this solemn day. St. Matthias.

17. O Thou, Who didst through heavens, &c Purification B. V. M.

18. The joyful day at last is come. Easter.

19. This is the day when Jesus Christ. Christmas.

20. Upon this sad and solemn day. G. Friday.

21. We bless Thee, Lord, for that clear light. Conversion St. Paul.

In addition to these hymns Mrs. Toke rewrote and expanded some of her earlier compositions. In their new form, however, they are almost unknown. . [J. J.]

Source: John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, (1892, 1907).

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