Te Deum


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Te Deum an ancient liturgical hymn
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Te Deum A musical setting of the Te Deum{1.
    • Te Deum A religious service in which the singing of the hymn forms a principal part.
    • Te Deum An ancient and celebrated Christian hymn, of uncertain authorship, but often ascribed to St. Ambrose; -- so called from the first words “Te Deum laudamus.” It forms part of the daily matins of the Roman Catholic breviary, and is sung on all occasions of thanksgiving. In its English form, commencing with words, “We praise thee, O God,” it forms a part of the regular morning service of the Church of England and the Protestant Episcopal Church in America.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Te deum tē dē′um, a famous Latin hymn of the Western Church, sung at the end of matins on all feasts except Innocents' Day, and on all Sundays except during penitential seasons—it begins with the words Te Deum Laudamus, 'We praise thee, O God:' a thanksgiving service in which this hymn forms a principal part.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., from te,accus. of tu, thou) + Deum, accus. of Deus, God. See Thou, and Deity


In literature:

The singers robed in white sang the 'Te Deum.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Exeter" by Percy Addleshaw
All we know is a Cornish extraction, a banker papa and a Te Deum.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
In 1849 he began work on his "Te Deum"; in 1850 on "L'Enfance du Christ.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
Mass was said, and the Te Deum was chanted.
"Captains of Industry" by James Parton
But come, Frederick, the 'Dettingen Te Deum.
"Stories of Comedy" by Various
We remained two days to rest, sing the Te Deum, high mass, and preach.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Matched with thy music the noblest marriage hymn, the grandest Te Deum would be but an empty boast.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
A Te Deum, composed by Handel, was sung in thanksgiving in the churches.
"Newfoundland and the Jingoes" by John Fretwell
In many cases the causes of war are such that chanting the Te Deum is rank blasphemy.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
A Te Deum was sung, and the Revd.
"A Short Account of King's College Chapel" by Walter Poole Littlechild

In poetry:

When Te Deums seek the skies,
When the Organ shakes the Dome,
A dead man shall stand
At each live man's hand -
For they also have come home.
"The Homecoming" by Joseph Johnston Lee
Homeward returning
Anon, no beacons burning,
No alarms, the Volunteer, in modest bliss,
Te Deum sang with wife and friends: "We praise Thee, Lord, discerning
That Thou hast helped in this!"
"The Alarm" by Thomas Hardy
Therefore we bid our hearts' Te Deum rise,
Nor fear to make thy worship less divine,
And hear the shouted choral shake the skies,
Counting all glory, power, and wisdom thine;
For thy great gift thy greater name adore,
And praise thee evermore!
"Shakespeare" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Beautiful was it? I can scarcely say.
I never held so young a thing before;
But wonderful it was to me, and may
Be likened to a shrine within closed door,
Closed, unlit, but from whence a breath made way
Te Deum laudamus, saying o'er and o'er.
"Infancy" by William Bell Scott

In news:

Arvo part prayer after the canon te deum.
The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, under the direction of J.R. Cassidy, perform Berlioz's Te Deum to celebrate the rededication of St Mary's Cathedral Basilica in Covington.
The 80-member chorus will perform Anton Bruckner's Te Deum, Felix Mendelssohn's Verleih uns frieden and Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, said executive director Carolyn Dolen.
Other works being performed are Te Deum, by Carl Czerny.
Berlioz's "Te Deum" at Mondavi.