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It's a bit late, but here's the "Te Deum Patrem colimus" traditionally sung from the tower of Magdalen College, Oxford:

http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php?title=Hymnus_Eucharisticus_%28Benjamin_Rogers%29&oldid=314728

There's a translation here. I've always heard this referred to as the "Hymn to the Sun," but it is a Trinitarian hymn with no reference to spring, sunshine, etc. Anyone know if the seniors actually sing this at Bryn Mawr May Day anymore?

Date: 2012-05-02 02:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fiddledragon.livejournal.com
I'm pretty sure it wasn't sung any of the years I was there. We definitely didn't sing it my senior year; I remember looking it up to find out what it was and deciding it was too uncomfortably Christian to be worth me learning for May Day.

Date: 2012-05-02 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nightengalesknd.livejournal.com
It was never in the songbooks and my senior May Day, the songsmistress didn't have songsheets. Frankly I was more likely to know it than the songsmistress, but I didn't, because it was never in the songbooks.

We sang You Are My Sunshine instead. We actually managed to get it to stop raining a few times during the day by singing the chorus.

My suspcion is that the official Hymn to the Sun hasn't been sung since. Someone could prove me wrong?

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