Hare Halleluia Allah Hu, from "Mosaic"

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Paul Ely Smith


This was the first song I wrote for Mosaic, built on essential prayers of divine praise from four religious traditions: Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. That these phrases are etymologically related speaks of a deeper universal song of praise, here applied to a text from the Christian New Testament (Philippians 4:8) that is resonant with the spirit of much Sufi Muslim poetry.


Hare halleluia Allah Allah hu

Whatever is true, whatever is noble

Whatever is right, whatever is pure

Whatever is lovely, all that we admire

Anything excellent or worthy of praise