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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Henry V -- "Non Nobis Domine"

This beautiful rendition of a classic hymn, "Non Nobis Domine." is from the movie, Henry V, with Kevin Branagh. In the above clip, it is offered in thanksgiving for a miraculous victory at the Battle of Agincourt.

The Latin text derives from Psalm 113:9 (according to the Vulgate numbering), which corresponds to Psalm 115:1 in the King James Version. It reads,

Latin English

Non nobis, non nobis, Domine
Sed nomini tuo da gloriam.

Not to us, not to us, o Lord,
But to your name give glory.


Anonymous said...

Love it, love it, love it. I always loved this hymn. I sang it with a chorus once for a new priest's Mass of Thanksgiving. ~ JMG

Anonymous said...

it seems a bit hopeful for a post-battle scene but, beautiful nonetheless

Anonymous said...

Problem is--and apparently no one has noticed--that in Henry V the Latin is incorrect. Listen closely and you will hear "sed nomine tuo" instead of "sed nomini tuo" i.e., ablative instead of dative. Instead of "to your name give glory" they are singing "by means of your name give glory....."

Anonymous said...

My Cassell's Latin dictionary gives, apparently as an idiom, "nomine meo" as "in my name, in my behalf." "Nomine tuo" would presumably then be, "in your name, in your behalf."