Do Not Stand and Stare in Wonder (Hymn for Ascension)

This hymn, inspired by the Ascension, was written by American Roman Catholic church-musician and writer Adam Michael Wood ().

It does not appear to have been released by any mainstream publisher, but Wood appears to have written the text early in the 21st century (2012), and has released it for general use under a Creative Commons license, and distributes it via his website.

With meter 13.13.13.13.13.13, it is set to the tune THAXTED, which was written by English composer Gustav Holst (1874–1934) in 1918.


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Lyrics

Do not stand and stare in wonder into the sky above
You have seen the wondrous glory of the risen Lord of Love
And just as you have seen him ascend into the skies
So shall your living Savior return before your eyes
Alleluia! Alleluia! We praise our God and King
Alleluia! Alleluia! Your people ever sing.

On his throne in highest heaven our saviour takes his place
Now and always on the Mercy Seat, the throne of endless grace.
Though not only there we seek him, never far from us is he
We know the Lord is with us if we have to see
Neither staring up in wonder nor hiding like the dead
We will find him here together in break of the bread.

All you servants of the living God, now sing and clap your hands
For the Lord who once was crucified is Prince of all the lands.
Sound the trumpet, sing together, as our saviour mounts his throne
And hear the voice that calls us a people for his own.
Alleluia to the Father, and to his only Son
Alleluia to the Spirit, Eternal Three in One.

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