Translation © by Laura Prichard

Language: Latin 
Available translation(s): ENG

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Rejoice", subtitle: "Alleluia", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]

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Language: English  after the Latin 

Subtitle: "Alleluia"

Translator's notes:
This Latin word, borrowed into English in a variety of spellings, is a transliteration of the Hebrew phrase הַלְלוּ יָהּ (Modern Hebrew hallūyāh, which is an intensification of hallelu: הַלְלוּ (second-person imperative masculine plural form of the Hebrew verb 'hillel': an exhortation to "praise" addressed to several people. Adding "yah" or "ia" to the ending of the word intensifies it: rejoice greatly. Some scholars interpret the last syllable of the word as a reference to the name of God, but this is a disputed, modern idea; nowhere else is the name of God said aloud, and in many instances, believers are specifically proscribed from saying the name.


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