Who is She who Ascends so High

This hymn about the assumption of Mary was written by English Catholic poet Sir John Beaumont (1582-1628).

With meter 75 75 irregular, tunes it is set to include:

Hymn-books which it has been published in include:
  • Australian Hymn Book, 1977
  • The Pius X Hymnal. 1953 and 1956.

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Who is she ascends so high
Next the heavenly King
Round about whom angels fly
And her praises sing?

Who is she adorned with light
Makes the sun her robe
At whose feet the queen of night
Lays her changing globe?

This is she in whose pure womb
Heaven's Prince remained;
Therefore in no earthly tomb
Can she be contained.

Heaven she was, which held that fire
Whence the world took light
And to heaven doth now aspire
Flames with flames to unite.

She that did so clearly shine
When our day begun,
See how bright her beams decline:
Now she sits with the Son.

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