The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Alleluia, song of sweetness

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Words: Alleluia dulce carmen, Anonymous Latin , 10th or 11th Century
Translation from Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861
based on that of John Mason Neale

Dulce Carmen: MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF
Urbs beata Jerusalem: MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF
Tantum ergo: MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF
Tibi Christe, splendor Patris
Meter: 87 87 87

1. Alleluia, song of sweetness,
voice of joy that cannot die;
alleluia is the anthem
ever raised by choirs on high;
in the house of God abiding
thus they sing eternally.

2. Alleluia thou resoundest,
true Jerusalem and free;
alleluia, joyful mother,
all thy children sing with thee;
but by Babylon's sad waters
mourning exiles now are we.

3. Alleluia cannot always
be our song while here below;
alleluia our transgressions
make us for awhile forgo;
fort the solemn time is coming
when our tears for sin must flow.

4. Therefore in our hymns we pray thee,
grant us, blessed Trinity,
at the last to keep thine Easter,
in our home beyond the sky,
there to thee for ever singing
alleluia joyfully.

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