IN DULCI JUBILO

by Laura Hawley

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In dulci jubilo,
nun singet und seid froh!
Unsers Herzens Wonne
leit in praesepio,
Und leuchtet als die Sonne
matris in gremio
Alpha es et O!
2. O Jesu parvule,
Nach dir ist mir so weh.
Tröst mir mein Gemüte,
O Puer optime;
Durch alle deine Güte,
O Princeps Gloriae,
Trahe me post te!
3. O Patris caritas!
O Nati lenitas!
Wir warn all’ verloren
Per nostra criminal;
So hat er uns erworben
Coelorum gaudia;
[Eia, warn wir da!]
4. Ubi sunt gaudia?
Nirgends mehr denn da,
Da die Engel singen
Nova cantica,
Und die Schellen klingen
In Regis curia;
Eia, warn wir da!
vv. 1, 2, 4 fourteenth-century
v. 3 Valentin Triller (d. 1573)
(Praetorius, 1607)
 
Translation
With sweet jubilation,
Let songs and gladness flow!
All our joy reclineth
in a manger
And like the sun he shineth
in [your] mother’s lap
You are Alpha and Omega!
2. O infant Jesus
I yearn for thee always!
Comfort me and stay me,
O best of boys
By thy great love I pray thee,
O Prince of Glory,
Draw me after you [to heaven]!
 
3. O love of the Father!
O mercy of the son!
Condemned we had remained
Through our sins
But he for us hath gained
The joys of heaven
In paradise afar,
Where joys unending are.
4. Where are joys(?)
More deep than heaven’s are?
In heaven are angels singing
New songs
In heaven the bells are ringing
In the courts of the King
O that we were there!
Tr. from source editors
Source: “The shorter New Oxford Book of
Carols” ed. Keyte, Parrott, & Bartlett

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