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In Dulci Jubilo - Paul Halley
Hymn Arrangement - Publication Details

  Catalogue Number -
German melody, 14th century

Voicing/Instrumentation -
SATB Choir and Organ

Level of Difficulty - Moderate

Uses/Season - Christmas Concert, Hymn/Anthem
Duration -
4:00 mins

Pages Music - 7 pages
12 page booklet
Format -
SATB/organ choral octavo

Copyright Year - 2015

Perusal Score PDF
SATB pg 1 of 7


This beloved German hymn, with a tune from the 14th century and words in Latin and English by Heinrich Suso (1295-1361) trans. R. L. Pearsall, is majestically set in a joyful and increasingly inventive setting by Paul Halley. The first verse opens in the conventional fashion, but by the second verse Halley has moved into Renaissance-style accompaniment. The third (choir only) verse is a tender expression where signature Halley harmonies and rhythms come to the fore, culminating in the fourth and final verse with its descant in the soprano line soaring into the heavens.


Youtube video of this music on the University of King's College Chapel Choir channel - Paul Halley, director. "In Dulci Jubilo" arr. Halley, from live recording of 'A King's Christmas 2016' - starts at 00:57:10 - four minutes to 01:00:45.

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Listen to live recording of "A King's Christmas 2016" performance at left on youtube.



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In Dulci Jubilo


1 In dulci jubilo 
Let us our homage shew;
heart's joy reclineth
In praesepio

And like a bright star shineth,
Matris in gremio

Alpha es et O.


2 O Jesu parvule,
I yearn for thee alway,
Hear me, I beseech thee,
O Puer optime!
My prayer let it reach thee,
O princeps gloriae!
Trahe me post te!






3 O Patris caritas,
O Nati lenitas!

Deeply were we stained
Per nostra crimina;
But thou for us hast gained
Coelorum gaudia.

Qualis gloria!


4 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!


Words: Heinrich Suso (c.1295-1361);
trans. R. L. Pearsall

Music: 14th cent. German;
arr. P. Halley

Translation of the Latin Text: 

1 In dulci jubilo In quiet joy
In praesepio
In a manger
Matris in gremio
In the mother's lap
Alpha es et O
Thou art Alpha and Omega


3 O Patris caritas O love of the Father
O Nati lenitas
O gentleness of the Son
Per nostra crimina
Through our sins
Coelorum gaudia
The joy of heaven

2 O Jesu parvule O tiny Jesus
O Puer optime
O best of boys
O princeps gloriae
O prince of glory
Trahe me post te
Draw me after Thee


4 Ubi sunt gaudia Where are joys
Nova cantica
New songs
In Regis curia
In the king's court