The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Alleluia, Sweetest Lay

For The Weeks After Epiphany

Words: Alleluia dulce carmen, from the Magdeburg Breviary.

Translation:  Robert Campbell, of Sherrington

Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), p. 57.

Alleluia, sweetest lay, 
Sung through heaven's eternal day ; 
Alleluia, angel choir, 
Now ye wake the golden lyre ; 
Throned on God's own holy hill, 
Alleluia, sing ye still. 

Alleluia, souls set free ' 
Join the heavenly melody ; 
Far from earthly woe and wrong, 
Alleluia, be your song ; 
We who exiles yet remain, 
Faint and feeble flows our strain, 

Alleluia, now we sing, 
Lenten hours will sorrow bring ; 
Then must cease the voice of joy, 
Penitence our hearts employ ; 
We are fallen  sin and woe 
Cast their shade on all below. 

Note from Shipley:

64. Alleluia, dulce carmen. Hymn of the Thirteenth Century, for the week before Septuagesima, from the Magdeburg Breviary. Alleluia, sweetest lay. Robert Campbell, of Sherrington. 57

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