Christianity Hymnody – Old School Style

It’s making it’s round (and glad to see Michael blogging more), so I thought I might share:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLYfLEZW3bc

The Oxyrhynchus Hymn:

…The Oxyrhynchus Hymn (P. Oxy. XV 1786) is the earliest known manuscript of a Christian hymn – dating from the 3rd century AD – to contain both lyrics and musical notation. It is now kept at the Papyrology Rooms of the Sackler Library, Oxford…

In Greek

“(Spoken) ὁμοῦ, πᾶσαι τε Θεοῦ λόγιμοι δοι. Ὅσα κ
(Sung) υτανήω σιγάτω, μηδ’ ἄστρα φαεσφόρα λ
(Spoken) σθων, ολει ῥ
(Sung) ποταμῶν ῥοθίων πᾶσαι. Υμνούντων δ’ ἡμῶν ατέρα χ’ Υἱὸν χ’ Ἅγιον Πνεῦμα, πᾶσαι δυνάμεις ἐπιφωνούντων· Ἀμήν, Ἀμήν. Κράτος, αἶνος ἀγαθῶν· Ἀμήν, Ἀμήν.

In English

.. Let it be silent
Let the Luminous stars not shine,
Let the winds (?) and all the noisy rivers die down;
And as we hymn the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
Let all the powers add “Amen Amen”
Empire, praise always, and glory to God,
The sole giver of good things, Amen Amen.

(translation from West, M. L. 1992. Ancient Greek Music. Oxford University Press, from here)

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