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In dulci jubilo

Michael Prætorius (1571-1621)

Original Text

English Translation

Original Text

In dulci jubilo
nun singet und seid froh!
Unsers Herzens Wonne
leit in præsepio,
und leuchtet als die Sonne,
matris in gremio.
Alpha es et O!

O Jesu parvule,
nach dir ist mir so Weh!
Tröst mir mein Gemüte,
o puer optime
durch alle deine Güte,
o princeps gloriæ,
trahe me post te.

O patris caritas,
o nati lenitas!

Wir wären all verloren
per nostra crimina,
so hat er uns erworben
coelorum gaudia:
eia wären wir da!

Ubi sunt gaudia,
nirgends mehr denn da!
Da die Engel singen,
o nova cantica,
und die Schellen klingen,
in Regis curia:
eia wären wir da!

English Translation

With sweet rejoicing
now sing and be glad!
Our hearts' delight
is lying in a manger
and shines forth like the sun
on His mother’s lap.
You are the Alpha and Omega.

O tiny baby Jesus
I so long for You!
comfort my soul,
O peerless boy;
by all your goodness,
O Prince of Glory,
draw me to you.

O love of the Father,
O leniency of the Son!
We were all lost
through our sins
until You gained for us
the joys of heaven:
O that we were there!

Joys are there
as in no other place!
There the angels sing
a new song
and the bells ring out
in the court of the King:
O that we were there!

This piece was performed by the SFBC in Ceremonies and Celebrations: Festive Music of the Colossal Baroque on April 19, 1997.

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