Alleluia, the bridegroom cometh (Kievan chant)
- Editor: Nigel Williams (submitted 2018-04-26). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 68 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: English translation to match the stresses, though not the numbers of syllables, of the original Slavonic.
Description: Anonymous Kievan Chant, harmonized in the 18th century
Original text and translations
In the dead of night, hither cometh the bridegroom
And the servant that he findeth watchful shall blessed be
But he shall not find worthy the servant slumbering.
Awake O my soul therefore.
Let not sleep encumber thee,
Lest unto death thou be abandoned
and barred from the kingdom.
But stir thyself, ever crying,
"Holy, holy, holy art Thou, O God,
and with Mary, Theotokos, Kyrie Eleison."