Tríbue, Dómine

I had the good fortune of attending a concert by the world-renowned Tallis Scholars tonight, right here in Birmingham, Alabama. It was wonderful.

The final piece on the program was entitled “Tríbue, Dómime”, and is a prayer attributed to St. Augustine and set to music by the famous Renaissance composer, William Byrd. The text was not really written by St. Augustine, but comes from a once-very-famous medieval book of Meditations. And I would like to share it (in English translation) here with you. A truly beautiful text – and prayer – for meditation:

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GRANT, O LORD, that while I remain in this fragile body
my heart shall praise Thee, my tongue shall extol Thee,
and all my bones shall say: Lord, who is like unto Thee?
Thou art God the Almighty,
Who as three persons in one divine substance
we worship and adore:
Father unbegotten, only-begotten Son of the Father,
Holy Spirit proceeding from both and remaining in both:
Holy and undivided Trinity, one God the Almighty.

I entreat, pray, and beseech Thee:
increase my faith, increase my hope, increase my charity.
Make us, through Thy grace,
forever steadfast in faith and effective in works,
that through true faith and works worthy of faith
we may, by Thy mercy, reach eternal life.

Glory be to the Father, who created us.
Glory be to the Son, who saved us.
Glory be to the Holy Spirit, who sanctified us.
Glory be to the most high and undivided Trinity,
whose works are inseparable, whose reign is without end.
Praise is due Thee; hymns become Thee;
to Thee all honor, blessing, and glory.
To Thee be thanksgiving, honor, power, and might:
our God, world without end. Amen.

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