In Dulci Jubilo

In dulci jubilo [In sweet joy], Let us our homage shew;
Our heart’s joy reclineth, in praesepio [in the manger]
And like a bright star shineth, Matris in gremio [in his Mother’s lap]
Alpha es et O! Alpha es et O! [You are the Alpha and Omega!]

O Jesu parvule, [O tiny Jesus], I yearn for thee alway;
Listen to my ditty, O Puer optime, [O child most excellent]
Have pity on me, pity, O princeps gloriae! [Prince of glory]
Trahe me post te! Trahe me post te! [Take me with Thee]

O Patris caritas, [O Father’s love], O Nati lenitas! [O gentleness of the Son]
Deeply were we stain’ed, Per nostra crimina; [through our sins]
But thou hast for us gain’ed, Coelorum gaudia. [the joys of heaven]
O that we were there! O that we were there!

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