Alleluia! Sing to Jesus

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1 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus;
His the scepter, His the throne.
Alleluia! His the triumph,
His the victory alone.
Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion
thunder like a mighty flood;
"Jesus out of ev'ry nation
has redeemed us by His blood.

2 Alleluia! Not as orphans
are we left in sorrow now.
Alleluia! He is near us;
faith believes, nor questions how.
Though the cloud from sight received Him
when the forty days were o'er,
shall our hearts forget His promise,
"I am with you evermore"?

3 Alleluia! Bread of heaven,
here on earth our food, our stay.
Alleluia! Here the sinful
flee to You from day to day.
Intercessor, Friend of sinners,
earth's Redeemer, hear our plea
where the songs of all the sinless
sweep across the crystal sea.


Source: Hymns to the Living God #180

Author: W. Chatterton Dix

Dix, William Chatterton, son of John Dix, surgeon, of Bristol, author of the Life of Chatterton; Local Legends, &c, born at Bristol, June 14, 1837, and educated at the Grammar School of that city. Mr. Chatterton Dix's contributions to modern hymnody are numerous and of value. His fine Epiphany hymn, "As with gladness men of old,” and his plaintive ”Come unto Me, ye weary," are examples of his compositions, many of which rank high amongst modern hymns. In his Hymns of Love and Joy, 1861, Altar Songs, Verses on the Holy Eucharist, 1867; Vision of All Saints, &c, 1871; and Seekers of a City, 1878, some of his compositions were first published. The greater part, however, were contributed to Hymns Ancient & Modern; St. Raphaels Hymnbook, 186… Go to person page >

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First Line: Alleluia! sing to Jesus! His the scepter, His the throne
Title: Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
Author: W. Chatterton Dix (1866)
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Liturgical Use: Communion Songs

Notes

Scripture References: st. 1 = Rev. 5:9 st. 2 = John 14:18, Acts 1:9, Matt. 28:20 In 1866 William C. Dix (PHH 358) wrote this text for the celebration of the Lord's Supper at Ascension services. Originally entitled "Redemption by the Precious Blood," the five-stanza text, in which stanza 5 was a repeat of stanza 1, was published in Dix's Altar Songs, Verses on the Eucharist (1867). The original stanza 4 as well as the repeated stanza are omitted here. As in earlier editions of the Psalter Hymnal, stanza 3 changes the original text, which was "Alleluia! Bread of heaven, Thou on earth our food, our stay." The "alleluias" that begin each stanza create a joyful tone of praise for the entire hymn. As we sing, we acclaim the glory of Christ now that the work of redemption is finished (st. 1); we are reminded that Christ has ascended but is always present with his people by his Spirit (st. 2); and we petition Christ to hear the cry of sinners and be our Intercessor" (st. 3). Liturgical Use: Ascension Day, many other occasions. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook ========================== Alleluia, sing to Jesus. W. C. Dix. [Holy Communion.] Written about the year 1866, the author's design being to assist in supplying a then acknowledged lack of Eucharistic hymns in Church of England hymnals. It was first published in his Altar Songs, 1867, No. vii., in 5 stanzas of 8 lines, and appointed especially for Ascensiontide, with the title “Redemption by the Precious Blood." From Altar Songs it passed, unaltered, into the Appendix to Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1868, No. 350, and subsequently into numerous collections both in Great Britain and America, sometimes in a slightly altered and abbreviated form. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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One of the most loved Welsh tunes, HYFRYDOL was composed by Rowland Hugh Prichard (b. Graienyn, near Bala, Merionetshire, Wales, 1811; d. Holywell, Flintshire, Wales, 1887) in 1830 when he was only nineteen. It was published with about forty of his other tunes in his children's hymnal Cyfaill y Cant…

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