122. Alleluia, song of gladness

1. Alleluia, song of gladness,
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 though we cherish
and would chant for evermore
alleluia in our singing,
let us for a while give o'er,
as our Savior in his fasting
pleasures of the world forbore.

4. Therefore in our hymns we pray thee,
grant us, blessed Trinity,
at the last to keep thine Easter
with thy faithful saints on high;
there to thee for ever singing
alleluia joyfully.

Text Information
First Line: Alleluia, song of gladness
Translator: John Mason Neale, 1818-1866 (alt.)
Meter: 87. 87. 87
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Source: Latin, 11th cent.
Tune Information
Arranger: Jackson Hill, b. 1941
Meter: 87. 87. 87
Key: c minor
Source: Plainsong, Mode 2, Nevers MS, 13th cent.

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