The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

In Dulci Jubilo

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.
This translation by George Radcliffe Woodward.

Music: "In Dulci Jubilo," 14th Century German melody
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A 14th century macaronic (i.e., mixed text German-Latin carol)
See Good Christian Men, Rejoice, In Dulci Jubilo, and these notes.

Source: George Ratcliffe Woodward, The Cowley Carol Book for Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd., 1902, Revised and Expanded Edition 1929), Carol #12

1. In dulci iubilo,
Now sing we all i-o
He, my love, my wonder,
Li'th
in presepio,
Like any sunbeam, yonder

Matris in gremio,
Alpha es et O, Alpha es et O!

2. O Jesu parvule
I yearn for thee alway:
Listen to my ditty,

O puer optime
Have pity on me, pity;
O princeps gloriae.
Trahe me post te, Trahe me post te!

3. O Patris caritas!
O Nati lenitas!
All with us was over,
Per nostra crimina:
But then thou didst recover
Coelorum gaudia
O that we were there!

4. Ubi sunt gaudia
If that they be not there?
Angels there are singing,

Nova cantica,
Sweet bells the while a-ringing
In regis curia.
O that we were there.

Also found in G. R. Woodward, ed., The Hymns and Carols for Christmas-tide (London: H. Grice, 1897), Carol #9, pp. 17-18. The texts were identical except for these changes:

4. Ubi sunt gaudia
They chaunt Alleluya,
Angels Eya singing
And 
nova cantica
Sweet bells the while a-ringing
In regis curia.
O that we were there.

Sheet Music from George Ratcliffe Woodward, The Cowley Carol Book for Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd., 1902, Revised and Expanded Edition 1929), Carol #12, First And Second Tunes
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(Melody Line Only of First Tune)

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