few weeks ago I began volunteering at a local food bank. In between
conversing with clients and manning a literature table for the chaplain,
I discovered there is time for other things. As I had neglected to
bring anything to read, I decided to undertake a literary analysis of
the ancient Te Deum, a 4th-century Latin hymn traditionally sung
on great occasions of thanksgiving. As I typically pray this during my
daily prayer regimen, I mostly know it by heart. Variously ascribed to
Sts. Ambrose and Augustine and to Nicetas of Remesiana, its authorship
is otherwise unknown.
Now I freely admit that, as an
academic political scientist, I am by no means an expert in literary
analysis beyond the basics. However, I have noticed a few things about
the Te Deum that I thought worth passing along.