As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been poking around Swedenborgian worship styles and I keep running to to references to a chanted text, the Te Dominum.
This isn’t the Te Deum — that well-known Christian canticle was so widespread that even the Universalists and Unitarians were known to sing it — rather, this was something only known to Swedenborgians.And it was also unknown to me, until last night when I found it in a hymnal of the middling-conservative General Church of the New Jerusalem, now more commonly known as the New Church.
I’m including it below, pointed for chanting. Here’s a PDF of the two pages, drawn from that hymnal.
We praise Thee O Lord, we acknÃ³wledge | Thee to | be our | God;
We magnify Thy holy nÃ¡me and | worship | at Thy | footstool.
The heavens declare Thy glÃ³ry, the | earth is | full of Â· Thy | riches;
The Church doth wÃ³rship and ac-| knowledge | Thee a-| lone.
The Father eternal, the Word incÃ¡rnate, the | Holy | Spirit, the | Comforter;
In essence and person Ã³ne Je-| hovah | Jesus | Lord.
To Thee the angels cry aloud, the hÃ©avens and | all the | powers there-| in;
To Thee cherubim and seraphÃm lift | up the | voice and | sing,
Holy, Holy, HÃ³ly, | Lord Â· God Al-|mighty;
Heaven and Ã©arth are | full Â· of Thy | glo-| ry.
Thou didst bÃ³w the | heavens Â· and come | down;
Thou didst clÃ³the Thy | self with | our | nature.
In Thy love and in Thy pity Thou hÃ¡st re-| deemed | us;
And for our salvÃ¡tion | Thou art | God with | us.
Thou didst endure all the bitternÃ©ss of | suffering Â· and temp-| tation.
Even to the passion of the crÃ³ss | and the | pangs of | death.
Thou didst burst asunder Ã¡ll the | bonds of | death,
And rise in DivÃne | majes-| ty and | glory.
Thou didst ascend on hÃgh leading cap-| tivi ty | captive;
The everlasting dÃ³ors were | open | to re-| ceive Thee.
High above all the hÃ©avens Thou | hast as-| cended,
ClÃ³th-ed with | light and | girded Â· with | love.
Thou Ã¡rt the | King of | glory;
ThÃ³u | art Je-| hovah Â· of | Hosts.
Day by day will we exalt ThÃ©e O | Lord our | God,
And worship at Thy footstÃ³ol, for | Thou a-| lone art | holy.
Now, it’s clear it knows the Te Deum. But further research is necessary to understand its provenance and use — and when it fell into decline and where it might still be used.