Alleluia, the bridegroom cometh (Kievan chant)

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  • (Posted 2018-04-26)  CPDL #49443:       
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.

General Information

Title: Alleluia, the bridegroom cometh
Composer: Anonymous (Kievan chant)
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 7vv   Voicing: SATTBBb
Genre: SacredChant

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Anonymous Kievan Chant, harmonized in the 18th century

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

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."