Alleluia Song of Sweetness

This hymn by John Mason Neale (1818-1866) was translated from the Latin "Alleluia dulce carmen" an anonymous 10th or 11th Century work.   It was first published in Mediaeval Hymns, 1851, but has been adapted in later publications.

With meter 87 87 87, tunes it has been set to include:
  • DULCE CARMEN - attributed to John Michael Haydn (1737-1806)
  • LAUDA ANIMA (Goss) by Sir John Goss (d1880)
  • ALLELUIA DULCE CARMEN by Edward J Hopkins, 1862

Traditionally, this was used as a "farewell to Alleluias" on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday.


Sheet music for purchase

Sheet Music Plus Homepage An arrangement composed by Donald Busarow, For choir (SATB), organ and congregation. Published by Concordia Publishing House


Alleluia, song of sweetness,
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.

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.

Alleluia cannot always
Be our song while here below;
Alleluia our transgressions
Make us for awhile forgo;
For the solemn time is coming
When our tears for sin must flow.

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.

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