The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

In Dulci Jubilo

For the Nativity, For Christmas

Words: Nun singet und seid froh, Attributed to Heinrich Suso (ca. 1295-1366). Folklore has it that Suso, hearing angels sing these words, joined them in a dance of worship.
See Good Christian Men, Rejoice, and these notes.

Music: "In Dulci Jubilo," 14th Century German melody
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML

A 14th century macaronic carol (i.e., mixed text German-Latin)

1. In dulci jubilo,
Nun singet und seid froh!
Unsers Herzens Wonne
in praesepio,
Und leuchtet als die Sonne
Matris in gremio,
Alpha es et O, 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, Trahe me post te!

3. O Patris caritas!
O Nati lenitas!
Wir wären all verloren
Per nostra crimina
So hat er uns erworben
Coelorum gaudia
Eia, wären wir da, Eia, wären wir da!

4. Ubi sunt gaudia
Nirgend mehr denn da!
Da die Engel singen

Nova cantica,
Und die Schellen klingen
In regis curia.
Eia, wären wir da, Eia, wären wir da!


This is one of a number of carols found in the 1582 collection, Piae Cantiones

Theodoric Petri, ed., Piæ Cantiones Ecclesiasticae et Scholasticae Veterum Episcoporum. (Gyphisuualdiæ: Augustinum Ferberum, 1582)

Sheet Music and Notes from Rev. George R. Woodward, ed., Piæ Cantiones. A Collection of Church & School Song, chiefly Ancient Swedish, originally Published in A. D. 1582 by Theodoric Petri of Nyland. (London: Printed at the Chiswick Press for the Plainsong & Medieval Music Society, 1910), Carol #6, pp. 8-9, Notes p. 210.

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See: The Christmas Songs in Woodward's Piæ Cantiones (1910)

Sources of Latin hymns found in Piae Cantiones:

See A Garritan Community Christmas for an MP3:
In Dulci Jubilo, Dan Powers

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