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Well, Jody, you should, indeed, let the Sussex Carol console you for the Georgetown Hoyas’ defeat by the Memphis Tigers. But I’m afraid that all I can add is:

Go Tigers!

(The teams of the college I attended amount, as one friend put it, to a really great library. So, living here in Tennessee, I have to root for my hometowners.)

As far as the Sussex Carol goes, however, that’s one of my favorites, too—I’ve been going around singing those two lines you quote for days:

Then why should men on earth be sad,:
Since our Redeemer made us glad?

That’s easier to sing on one’s own than my real favorite, “In Dulci Jubilo,” which really requires four separate choirs. When that one gets stuck in my head, I have to go around singing:

O Jesu Parvule, I yearn for thee alway—
O, that we were there—
O, that we were there—
O that we were there,

until somebody throws a shoe at me.



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