Te Deum laudamus

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Te Deum laudamus (tē dē´əm lôdā´məs, tā dā´ŏŏm loudä´mŏŏs) [Lat.,=we praise Thee, O God], early chant of the Western Church beginning, "We praise Thee, O God, we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord." Legend ascribes it to an ecstatic outburst of St. Ambrose when he baptized St. Augustine. It is now widely attributed to Bishop Nicetas of Dacia (c.335–414). It is sung at morning prayer in Anglican churches and at matins in the Roman office.

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Te Deum Laudamus (We praise thee, O God). Ecclesiastical canticle, or hymn of thanksgiving, the words of which were probably written in 5th cent. Adopted by both RC and Anglican churches. Has traditional plainsong melody, but has been set by innumerable composers, incl. Purcell, Handel, Berlioz, Verdi, Dvořák, Bruckner, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Walton, often on highly elaborate scale for soloists, ch., and orch. as well as more simply.