Gaudete Sunday Advent carol

December 16, 2007

This week we’ve more collegiate choral music from King’s College, Cambridge. Gaudete Sunday calls for an infusion of gentle rejoicing, and what better means than the beloved macaronic hymn In dulci jubilo, in an arrangement by I-know-not-whom?

In dulci jubilo
Let us our homage shew;
Our heart’s joy reclineth
In praesepio
And like a bright star shineth,
Matris in gremio.
Alpha es et O,
Alpha es et O.

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!

O Patris caritas,
O Nati lenitas!
Deeply were we stained
Per nostra crimina;
But thou hast for us gained
Coelorum gaudia.
O that we were there!
O that we were there!

Ubi sunt gaudia,
If that they be not there?
There are angels singing
Nova cantica,
There the bells are ringing
In Regis curia:
O that we were there!
O that we were there!

(English trans.: R. Pearsall)

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