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Rise, glorious Conqueror, rise

Rise, glorious Conqueror, rise. Matthew Bridges* (1800-1894). From Bridges’s Hymns of the Heart, for the use of Catholics (1848). It was entitled ‘Ascension’. It had seven stanzas, often shortened and altered in hymnbooks. The original text was as follows: Rise - glorious Conqueror, rise, Into Thy native skies, -   Assume Thy right; And where in many a fold The clouds are backward roll’d - Pass through those gates of gold,   And reign in light! Victor o’er death and hell! Cherubic legions swell   The radiant train: Praises all heaven inspire; Each angel sweeps his lyre, And claps his wings of fire, -   Thou Lamb once slain! Enter, Incarnate God! - No feet, but Thine, have trod   The...

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