Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

This hymn about Jesus Ascension to heaven was written by English priest, hymn-writer and schoolmaster George Hugh Bourne (1840-1925).  It is also appropriate for other feasts including Christ the King.

With meter 8.7.8.7.4.7, tunes it is set to include:
  • BRYN CALFARIA by Welch composer William Owen (1813-1893)
  • ST. HELEN (Martin) by George C. Martin (1844-1916) in 1889



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Examples

Massed choir with chamber orchestra, tune ST HELEN



Choir with organ, tune ST HELEN



Soloist with piano-voice accompaniment, on-screen lyrics, tune BRYN CALFARIA


Lyrics

Traditional language

Lord, enthroned in heav'nly splendour,
first-begotten from the dead,
Thou alone, our strong Defender,
liftest up Thy people's head.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Jesus, true and living Bread!

Prince of Life, for us Thou livest,
by Thy body souls are healed;
Prince of Peace, Thy peace Thou givest,
by Thy blood is pardon sealed.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Word of God in flesh revealed.

Paschal Lamb! Thine off'ring finished
once for all when Thou wast slain,
in its fullness undiminished
shall forevermore remain.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Cleansing souls from ev'ry stain.

Great High Priest of our profession,
through the oil Thou ent'redst in;
by Thy mighty intercession
grace and mercy Thou dost win.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Only sacrifice for sin.

Life-imparting heav'nly Manna,
stricken Rock, with streaming side,
heav'n and earth with loud hosanna
worship Thee, the Lamb who died.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Ris'n, ascended, glorified!

Modern English

Lord, enthroned in heav'nly splendour,
first-begotten from the dead,
You alone, our strong Defender,
Lifting up Your people's head.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Jesus, true and living Bread!

Prince of Life, for us You lived,
by Your body souls are healed;
Prince of Peace, Your peace You give us,
by Your blood is pardon sealed.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Word of God in flesh revealed.

Paschal Lamb! Your off'ring finished
once for all when You were slain,
in its fullness undiminished
shall forevermore remain.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Cleansing souls from ev'ry stain.

Great High Priest of our profession,
through the oil Your ent'redst in;
by Your mighty intercession
grace and mercy You do win.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Only sacrifice for sin.

Life-imparting heav'nly Manna,
stricken Rock, with streaming side,
heav'n and earth with loud hosanna
worship You, the Lamb who died.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Ris'n, ascended, glorified!


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