Alleluia! Sing to Jesus

This is a hymn about Jesus, which is particularly popular at Easter, but can be used at many other times too.

It was written by English, high Anglican, maritime insurance specialist and poet / hymn-writer William Chatterton Dix (1837–1898).   It was first published in Altar Songs, Verses on the Holy Eucharist, 1867.

With meter D, tunes that it has been set to include:
  • HYFRYDOL by Rowland Hugh Prichard (1811-1887) - most commonly used today.
  • ALLELUIA (Wesley) by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1868) in the European Psalmist, 1872 - written for the text, but not often used.
  • ADORATION (Luard-Selby) by Bertram Luard-Selby, published in Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1904.


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Congregation with cantor, organ accompaniment:

Singer with keyboard-led band, professional recording:

Singer, self-accompanied on keyboard:

Instrumental - piano:


Alleluia! Sing to Jesus;
His the sceptre, 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 every nation
Has redeemed us by his blood."

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."

Alleluia! Bread of angels,
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
Weep across the crystal sea.

Alleluia! King eternal,
Lord omnipotent we own;
Alleluia! born of Mary,
Earth your footstool, heaven your throne.
As within the veil you entered,
Robed in flesh, our great high priest;
Here on earth both priest and victim
In the Eucharistic feast.

ABC Notation

About ABC notation

T: Alleluia, Sing To Jesus
C: Words: William Chatterton Dix, 1867
C: Music: HYFYRDOL, Rowland H. Prichard (1811-1887)
Z: abc-transcription
M: 3/4
L: 1/4
"F"F2 G | (F3/2 G/) A | "Bb"B2 A | "C"(G F) G | "F/A"c2 B | "F"A2 A | "Bb"(G F) "C"G | "F"F3 |
w: 1.~~~Al- le- lu- * ia! sing to Je- * sus! His the scep- ter, His * the throne.
w: 2.~~~Al- le- lu- * ia! not as or- * phans are we left in sor- * row now;
w: 3.~~~Al- le- lu- * ia! bread of an- * gels, Thou on earth our food, * our stay;
w: 4.~~~Al- le- lu- * ia! King e- ter- * nal, Thee the Lord of lords * we own;
"F"F2 G | (F3/2 G/) A | "Bb"B2 A | "C"(G F) G | "F/A"c2 B | "F"A2 A | "Bb"(G F) "C"G | "F"F3 |
w: 1.~~~Al- le- lu- * ia! His the tri- * umph, His the vic- to- ry * a- lone.
w: 2.~~~Al- le- lu- * ia! He is near * us, faith be- lieves, nor ques- * tions how;
w: 3.~~~Al- le- lu- * ia! here the sin- * ful flee to Thee from day * to day:
w: 4.~~~Al- le- lu- * ia! born of Mar- * y, Earth Thy foot- stool, Hea- ven Thy throne:
"Am"c2 c | "Dm"(c B) A | "Gm"B2 B | "C"(B A) G | "F"A2 A | "Dm"(A B) c | "Gm"(c B) A | "C"G3 |
w: 1.~~~Hark! the songs * of peace- ful Zi- * on thun- der like * a might- * y flood.
w: 2.~~~Though the cloud * from sight re- ceived * Him when the for- * ty days * were o'er
w: 3.~~~Int- er- ces- * sor, Friend of sin- * ners, Earth's Re- deem- * er, plead * for me,
w: Thou with- in * the veil hast en- * tered, robed in flesh * our great * High Priest;
"F"(c A) c | "Gm"(B G) B | "F" (A F) A | "C" (G/A/ B/A/) G | "F/A"!sintro! c2 c | "F"(d c) B | "F/A" A2 G | "F"F3 !eintro!|]
w: 1.~~~Je- * sus out * of ev- * ery na- * * * tion has re- deemed * us by His blood.
w: 2.~~~Shall * our hearts * for- get * His pro- * * * mise, "I am with * you ev- er- more."
w: 3.~~~Where * the songs * of all * the sin- * * * less sweep ac- ross * the crys- tal sea.
w: 4.~~~Thou * on earth * both priest * and vic- * * * tim in the Eu- * char- ist- ic feast.

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