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Te Deum
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The Te Deum is a liturgical chant comprising 29 lines of prose; in the Middle Ages, it was ascribed initially to Ambrose and Augustine of Hippo, later to Nicetas of Remesiana, although his authorship is still disputed. In vv.1–10, the church and the hosts of heaven extol God the Father, with the Sanctus being quoted in vv. 5–6. Verses 11–13, a later addition, praise the Trinity. Verses 14–23 extol Christ’s sovereignty and work of redemption (vv. 22f. from Ps 28:9). The concluding se…

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Saliers, Don E., “Te Deum”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_00560>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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