In dulci jubilo [with sweet joy]
Let us our homage show
Our heart’s joy reclineth
In praesepio [in a stable]
And like a bright star shineth
Matris in gremio [in a mother’s lap]
Alpha es et O! [you are Alpha and Omega]

O Jesu parvule [O baby Jesus]
I yearn for Thee alway
Listen to my ditty
O puer optime [O best boy]
Have pity on me, pity
O princeps gloriae [O Prince of glory]
Trahe me post te! [draw me after yourself!]

O Patris caritas! [O love of the Father]
O Nati lenitas! [O gentleness of the One born]
Deeply were we stained
Per nostra crimina [through our offenses]
But Thou hast for us gained
Coelorum gaudia [the joys of heaven]
Oh, that we were there!

Ubi sunt gaudia [where are joys?]
If that they be not there?
There are angels singing
Nova cantica [new songs]
And there the bells are ringing
In Regis curia [in the King’s court]
Oh, that we were there!

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  1. Charmaine Hoo says:

    Simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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