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Thread #5096   Message #1444064
Posted By: Joe Offer
26-Mar-05 - 02:26 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Gaudete (from Steeleye Span)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gaudete - Steeleye Span
Looks pretty good to me, Nigel - although I have to say, I prefer the Latin. I've seen very few truly satisfying translations of Latin hymns. I suppose most of the hymn translations I know are from the age of Victoria. There's often a lot of sappy sentimentality that won't be found in the original Latin text.

I won't accuse Nigel of that, but there's something about his translation that doesn't flow quite poetically. Not that I could do any better.

Note that I changed the wording in the post above to indicate more clearly that the translation in that message is from The Shorter New Oxford Book of Carols - but I agree with it. Earlier translations in this thread were from the flawed Steeleye Span transcription of this song.

-Joe Offer-