Miserere

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Miserere A musical composition adapted to the 50th psalm. "Where only the wind signs miserere ."
    • Miserere (Arch) A small projecting boss or bracket, on the under side of the hinged seat of a church stall (see Stall). It was intended, the seat being turned up, to give some support to a worshiper when standing. Called also misericordia.
    • Miserere (Med) Same as Ileus.
    • Miserere (R. C. Ch) The psalm usually appointed for penitential acts, being the 50th psalm in the Latin version. It commences with the word miserere.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n miserere The 51st Psalm (50th in the Vulgate and Douay versions): so called from its first word. In the liturgies of the Roman Catholic and Greek churches it is used in the communion of the sick, the burial service, and on other like occasions.
    • n miserere A hinged seat in a church stall, made to turn up, and bearing on its under side a bracket capable of affording some support to one who, in standing, leans against it. The under side of the seat, in medieval and Renaissance examples, is usually ornamentally carved, often with grotesques or caricatures. Also called misericordia, misericorde, misericord. See stall.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Miserere miz-e-rē′re the name by which in Catholic usage the penitential 50th Psalm of the Vulgate (51st in A.V.) is commonly known, from its commencement, 'Miserere mei, Domine:' a musical composition adapted to this psalm: a hinged folding-seat in a church stall, which, when turned up, shows a bracket on which a person who is standing can lean.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., have mercy, fr. misereri, to have mercy, fr. miser,. See Miser
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., 2d pers. sing, imperf. of miserēri, to have mercy, to pity—miser, wretched.

Usage

In literature:

These, with monotonous swish of slow waves, blending with notes of leaf-hid birds, seem miserere and requiem.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Miserere nostri Domine, miserere nostri.
"The St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book" by Various
The boy was very much impressed by the music of the "Miserere," and when he left the Chapel asked where he could get a copy of it.
"Historic Boyhoods" by Rupert Sargent Holland
Most of these misereres have exquisite conventional flowers (especially roses) cut upon them in addition to the figure-subjects.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon" by Cecil Walter Charles Hallett
Besides these they sang also a 'Miserere,' and last of all, 'Requiem eternam dona eis.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Her wailing Miserere shall be turned into a joyful Te Deum.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
Shall we try de 'Miserere' from 'Il Trovatore?
"Dorothy's Triumph" by Evelyn Raymond
While they stood there, outside the prison, the "Miserere" was dolorously chanted.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
Olive knew no more prayers in Latin, but her cousin began the Miserere.
"Olive in Italy" by Moray Dalton
Misereres, their use, 39.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
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In poetry:

Thus fell Harold, bracelet-giver;
Jesu rest his soul for ever;
Angles all from thrall deliver;
Miserere Domine.
"The Swan-Neck" by Charles Kingsley
And the lightning showed the sainted
Figures on the casement painted,
And exclaimed the shuddering baron,
"Miserere, Domine!"
"The Norman Baron" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
On childing women that are forelorn,
And men that sweat in nothing but scorn:
That is on all that ever were born,
Miserere Domine.
"Heretics All" by Hilaire Belloc
O'er my poor ANNA'S lowly grave
No dirge shall sound, no knell shall ring;
But angels, as the high pines wave,
Their half-heard "Miserere" sing.
"The Spirit Of Discovery" by William Lisle Bowles
"Yet must you sleep the while it stayeth here."
Right so they went away, and I, being weary,
Slept long and dream'd of Heaven: the bell comes near,
I doubt it grows to morning. Miserere!
"Sir Galahad, A Christmas Mystery" by William Morris

In news:

"Miserere" Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Gorecki's ' Miserere ,' An A Cappella Oasis Of Calm.
Mozart and the Miserere .
Gorecki's 'Miserere,' An A Cappella Oasis Of Calm.
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