Deus meus adiuva me – Palestrina Choir Dublin – Live

The text of this very ancient Irish hymn was written by Máel Ísu Ua Brolcháin an eleventh century Irish monk. It’s macaronic – the first and last lines are in Latin and these one repeated line in Irish. It’s a beautiful hymn with a chant based melody sung here by the Gentlemen and Choristers of the Palestrina Choir, Dublin. I’ve heard them sing this live several times and was thrilled to discover this performance of it given during their 2009 tour of Slovakia on YouTube. I’ve put the text and a slightly modified version of  Professor Gerard Murphy’s translation below. Enjoy :-).

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Text & Translation:  Deus meus adiuva me

Deus meus adiuva me
Tabhair dom do shearch,a Mhic ghil Dé
Tabhair dom do shearch,a Mhic ghil Dé
Deus meus adiuva me.
My God, help me.
Give me love of thee, O Son of God.
Give me love of thee, O son of God.
My God, help me.
Domine da quod peto a te,
Tabhair dom go dian a ghrian ghlan ghlé,
Tabhair dom go dian a ghrian ghlan ghlé,
Domine da quod peto a te.
Lord, give what I ask of thee
Give speedily, O bright and gleaming sun
Give speedily, O bright and gleaming sun
Lord, give what I ask of thee.
Tuum amorem, sicut vis,
Tabhair dom go tréan, a déarfad arís;
Tabhair dom go tréan, a déarfad arís,
Tuum amorem, sicut vis.
Love of thee, as thou wishest,
Give me in thy might (I will say it again).
Give me in thy might (I will say it again)
Love of thee, as thou wishest.
Domine, Domine, exaudi me,
M’anam bheith lán de d’ghrá, a Dhé,
M’anam bheith lán de d’ghrá, a Dhé,
Domine, Domine exaudi me.
Lord, Lord, hear me.
May my soul, O God, be full of love for thee.
May my soul, O God, be full of love for thee.
Lord, Lord, hear me.
Deus meus adiuva me
Tabhair dom do shearch,a Mhic ghil Dé
Tabhair dom do shearch,a Mhic ghil Dé
Deus meus adiuva me.
My God, help me.
Give me love of thee, O Son of my God.
Give me love of thee, O son of my God.
My God, help me.

Video Source: Deus meus – Saint Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Dublin – YouTube. Uploaded on Jun 19, 2009 by donhenri01.

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