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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