Alleluia, Song of Gladness   7 comments

Ruins of Babylon, 1932

Image Source = Library of Congress

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1916 (1918), The Episcopal Church

The title of the hymn in the Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal (1958) is “Alleluia, Song of Sweetness.”

Original words date from the 11th Century, in Latin.  The English translation is that of John Mason Neale (1818-1866).

The Cooke-Denton translation is here.


1.  Alleluia, song of gladness,

Voice of joy that cannot die;

Alleluia is the anthem

Ever dear to 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 we are.

3.  Alleluia we deserve not

Here to chant for evermore;

Alleluia our transgressions

Make us for a while give o’er;

For the holy time is coming

Bidding us our sins deplore.

4.  Therefore in our hymns we pray thee,

Grant us, blessed Trinity,

At the last to keep thine Easter

In our home beyond the sky;

There to thee for ever singing

Alleluia joyfully.

Posted March 5, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Easter, Easter 1800s, The Hymnal 1916 (1918)

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