The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Alleluya, Song Of Sweetness

Version 2
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Words: Alleluia dulce carmen, Anonymous Latin, 10th or 11th Century
Translation by Rev.
John Mason Neale

For the Week Before Septuagesima

Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed, Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), # 40

1. Alleluya, song of sweetness,
    Voice of joy, eternal lay;
Alleluya is the anthem
    Of the quires in heavenly day,
Which the Angels sing, abiding
    In the house of God alway.

2. Alleluya thou resoundest,
    Salem, Mother ever blest;
Alleluyas without ending
    Fit you place of gladsome rest;
Exiles we, by Babel’s waters
    Sit in bondage and distrest.

3. Alleluya we deserve not
    Here to chant for evermore:
Alleluya our transgressions
    Make us for awhile give o’er;
For the holy time is coming
    Bidding us our sins deplore.

4. Trinity of endless glory,
    Hear thy people as they cry;
Grant us all to keep thine Easter
    In our home beyond the sky;
There to thee our Alleluya
    Singing everlastingly. Amen.

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