The strain upraise in joy and praise (Arthur Sullivan)
- Editor: Paul Howarth (submitted 2002-04-08). Score information: A4, 7 pages, 234 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: From the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive.
First published: 1869
Original text and translations
The strain upraise of joy and praise, Alleluia.
To the glory of their King
shall the ransomed people sing, Alleluia.
And the choirs that dwell on high
shall re-echo through the sky Alleluia.
They through the fields of Paradise that roam,
the blessed ones, repeat through that bright home Alleluia.
The planets glittering on their heavenly way,
the shining constellations join, and say Alleluia.
Ye clouds that onward sweep, ye winds on pinions light,
ye thunders, echoing loud and deep, ye lightnings wildly bright,
in sweet consent unite your Alleluia!
Ye floods and ocean billows, ye storms and winter snow,
ye days of cloudless beauty, hoar frost and summer glow,
ye groves that wave in spring, and glorious forests, sing Alleluia!
First let the birds, with painted plumage gay,
exalt their great Creator's praise, and say Alleluia!
Then let the beasts of earth, with varying strain,
join in creation's hymn, and cry again Alleluia!
Here let the mountains thunder forth sonorous Alleluia!
There let the valleys sing in gentler chorus Alleluia!
Thou jubilant abyss of ocean, cry Alleluia!
Ye tracts of earth and continents, reply Alleluia!
To God, who all creation made, the frequent hymn be duly paid: Alleluia!
This is the strain, the eternal strain, the Lord of all things loves, Alleluia!
This is the song, the heavenly song, that Christ himself approves, Alleluia!
Wherefore we sing, both heart and voice awaking, Alleluia!
And children's voices echo, answer making, Alleluia!
Now from all men be out-poured Alleluia to the Lord;
With Alleluia evermore the Son and Spirit we adore.
Praise be done to the Three in One, Alleluia!