Old Czech Folks Songs and Hymns

Lord, Have Mercy on Us is English name for the oldest recorded song from Czech lands, the hymn Hospodine pomiluj ny.

 

Hospodine Pomiluj Ny

 

The first national hymn of the czechs, more likley the first national hymn in the world.
Author of the song, dating from the turn of 10/11th century, is unknown.

Lord, Have Mercy on Us is English name for the oldest recorded song from Czech lands, the hymn Hospodine pomiluj ny.
A paraphrase of the Kyrie Eleison with deep choral melody, the song is very impressive.
Its text preserves traces of Church Slavonic origin.

 

Original words - the medieval language of Bohemia:

Hospodine, pomiluj ny,
Jezu Kriste, pomiluj ny.
Ty Spaseš jeho míra,
Spasiš ny i uslyš;
Hospodine, hlasy naše,
Daj nám všem, Hospodine, Jim,
 a mír v zemi!
Kerleš, kerleš, kerleš!

Kýrie is from the Greek word (kyrie), the vocative case of (kyrios- in Czech Kerleš,), meaning O Lord

 English paraphrastic transaltion:

 
O Lord, give us thy Love,
Jesus Christ, give us thy Love.
Thou giveth salvation to thy world,
Give us salvation and hear us;
O Lord, our voices,
Bless us all, O Lord, with Thee,
and peace in the land!
Kyrie Eleison !


(with Thee, and peace in land - with Life, and peace in the land)

 

Kyrie Eleison (Greek for "Lord have mercy"; the Latin transliteration supposes a pronunciation as in Modern Greek) is a very old, even pre-Christian, expression used constantly in all Christian liturgies. Arrian quotes it in the second century: "Invoking God we say Kyrie Eleison"

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