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About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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3 Responses to Gaudete!

  1. csecooney says:

    Hey, I KNOW this song! I sing it with my father’s choir, every year – on his Gaudete Sunday. When I’m around, that is.

    • JE says:


      I can’t sing anything that requires more than half an octave range, but I like to listen.

      • csecooney says:

        My dad took Latin for, oh, six years or so. We had a fun conversation about conjugations in the car the other day. He told me about gaudere and, um, exaltare? And one that sounds like Lae-Tair-Ay: another “rejoice” verb, only always used in the passive voice? But I don’t know how it’s spelled. And I never took Latin myself, although it would be BULLY to learn! One of my big if-onlys goes like this: “If only they taught all that in elementary school still. And then made all the romance languages mandatory as follow-up.”

        And another goes like this: “If only I had college to do all over again, I’d study history and language.”

        Too late now! Self-study or bust, that’s the ticket.

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