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Dulce Domum


The holiday song of Winchester school. Mr. Brandon says it was composed by a boy of St. Mary’s College, Winchester, who was confined for misconduct during the Whitsun holidays, “as report says, tied to a pillar.” On the evening preceding the Whitsun holidays, “the master, scholars, and choristers of the above college walk in procession round the ‘pillar,ʹ chanting the six stanzas of the song.” In the March number of the Gentleman’s Magazine, 1796, a translation, signed “J. R.,” was given of the song; and Dr. Milner thinks the original is not more than a century old. It is rather remarkable that the author has made “domum” a neuter noun. (See Adeste Fideles.)        


“Domum, domum, dulce domum!

Domum, domum, dulce domum;

Dulce, dulce dulce domum!

Dulce domum resoneʹmus.”

Home, home, joyous home!

Home, home, joyous home!

Joyous, joyous, joyous home!

Hurrah for joyous home!


E. C. B.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Duke or Darling
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Dulce Domum
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