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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
The Ascension
Arthur Middlemore Morgan
’TWAS on the Mount of Olives,
  Nigh where the faithful Three
Had bid the Master welcome
  So oft at Bethany,
’Twas there the Man we cherish,        5
  The Mighty God we praise,
Among His chosen ended
  The wondrous forty days.
There was not ought about Him
  The coming change to say,        10
Only a cloud was o’er them
  As on a common day;
He stood with Hands uplifted;
  He blessed; that blessing o’er
After that earthly pattern        15
  He will not bless them more.
For while He spake, the Saviour
  Passed from this world of ill,
Far o’er the sacred village,
  Far o’er the ancient hill;        20
Love unto Love returning,
  Light unto kindred Light,
The cloud o’erhead He entered
  And passed from mortal sight.
Then Angels came, foretelling        25
  That He shall come once more
In clouds, that we may follow
  Where He has gone before;
And then the twelve, descending,
  Hastened with joy where lay        30
The towers of Sion City,
  Distant a Sabbath day.
So God went up to Heaven;
  But many an age has passed,
And still the Angel’s promise        35
  We wait, in this, the last,
And oft our hearts expectant
  Send up the cry of pain—
“Too long, too long He lingers;
  When will He come again?”        40
Be hushed, life-weary spirits!
  Not slack the work proceeds;
On earth He strives and quickens,
  In Heaven His Death He pleads.
With Kings for nursing-fathers        45
  Shall we, the servants, fail?
Not without Blood Divinest
  Our Master passed the veil.

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