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Friday, December 25, A.D. 2009
In Dulci Jubilo

Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates the Nativity on the new calendar!

Here is In Dulci Jubilo sung at King’s College, Cambridge, in a different Latin and English version than the one shown below, though they are close.

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

O Jesu parvule,
My heart is sore for Thee
Hear me, I beseech Thee
O puer optime
My praying let it reach Thee!
O princeps gloriae.
Trahe me post te.

O patris caritas!
O nati lenitas!
Deeply were we stained
Per nostra crimina
But Thou for us hast gained
Coelorum gaudia,
Qualis gloria!

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

Enjoy the carols of the holiday. In the spirit of such, here are the Yuletide songs from my December, 2008 music posts.

Posted by Joseph on Friday, December 25, Anno Domini 2009
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Saturday, December 19, A.D. 2009

Happy feast of Saint Nicholas (on the old calendar, today is the sixth of December)!

The Saint Nicholas Center mentions that, among many other things, Nicholas is one of the patron saints of soldiers. He is also one of the patrons of Moscow. So, allow me quite tangentially to celebrate his feast day by presenting you Lermontov’s “Бородино,” sung at Duke University by the alumni of the Yale Russian Chorus.

I do not know where Russian soldiers found the tune to which they sang Lermontov’s poem, but it works well. The Russians can sing. I wonder if such was true before they converted. Were they musical pagans, as I imagine the Irish to have been?

Indulging in my Russophilia, I also present Bondarchuk’s War and Peace (Война и мир). My brother Adam should appreciate the indirect homage to his favorite writer. Bondarchuk’s film is evidently the most expensive film ever to be made, at seven hundred million of today’s dollars. That makes Avatar look reasonably priced.

Enjoy Saint Nicholas’ Day!

Posted by Joseph on Saturday, December 19, Anno Domini 2009
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