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The strange story behind the beloved Christmas carol “In Dulci Jubilo”

Tom Maxwell
Lessons from History
9 min readDec 21, 2020

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It’s the darkest time of a very dark year. I write to you all from the safety of my house and the snugness of my little office, greeting each with the very best wishes of the season. I want to tell a discursive story about one of my favorite Christmas carols; one which includes Christian mysticism and apocrypha…

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Tom Maxwell
Lessons from History

Tom‘s work has appeared in Longreads, The Oxford American, Bitter Southerner, Slate, Salon, and Southern Cultures, among others. He usually writes about music.