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IN DULCI JUBILO

Beautiful! IN DULCI JUBILO is one of my favorite Christmas carols. Merry Christmas to you!

The original German/Latin song was written by Dominican monk Henry Suso, circa 1320. The English version by Robert Pearsall (1834) follows the original Catholic German “macaronic” style of mixing Latin with the vernacular language. Pearsall was an English composer living in Germany at the time. Thanks to the website AboutGerman.net, the lyrics and Latin translations follow Libera’s music video. You can  get the song by clicking here.

IN DULCI JUBILO
In dulci jubilo
Now sing with hearts aglow!
Our delight and pleasure lies
in praesepio;
Like sunshine is our treasure
matris in gremio;
Alpha es et O!
Alpha es et O!

O Jesu, parvule,
For thee I sing always;
Comfort my heart’s blindness,
O puer optime,
with all thy loving kindness,
O princeps gloriae;
Trahe me post te!
Trahe me post te!

O Patris caritas!
O Nati lenitas!
Deeply were we stained

per nostra crimina;
But thou for us hast gained
Coelorum gaudia:
Oh, that we were there!
Oh, that we were there!

Ubi sunt gaudia
in any place but there?
There are angels singing
nova cantica
And there the bells are ringing
in Regis curia.
Oh, that we were there!
Oh, that we were there!

Latin phrases in the song IN DULCI JUBILO
in dulci jubilo = in sweet jubilation
in praesepio = in a manger
matris in gremio = in his mother’s lap
Alpha es et O! = Thou art Alpha and Omega! (beginning and end)
O Jesu, parvule = O tiny Jesus
O puer optime = O best of boys
O princeps gloriae = O Prince of Glory
Trahe me post te = Draw me after thee (make me follow you)
O patris caritas = O love of the Father
O nati lenitas = O gentleness of the Son
per nostra crimina = through our crimes
coelorum gaudia/caelorum gaudia = the joys of heaven
Ubi sunt gaudia = Where are joys?
nova cantica = new songs
in Regis curia = in the courts of the King

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