Deus Meus

Posted on Sunday 1 August 2021

Deus Meus

Fionnuala Gill recording Deus Meus video live in New York

In February of this year I had a great week in New York working with some gifted musicians, sound engineers and filming geniuses. I was blessed to have the chance to spend a day doing improvisational performance / recording in the beautiful Church of the Holy Redeemer in East Village, which was an inspiration – and great fun for all involved! Churches have long been one of my favourite places to sing… probably because of the beautiful acoustic that they provide… which makes everything so effortless and free. My thanks for Monica Hoyt, Matt Hayes, Mike and the Church of the Holy Redeemer for making all this possible.

Deus Meus is a very old Irish hymn, probably written around 1086, author thought to be Máel Ísu Ua Brolcháin. It is what is called a macaronic song, or a song in two languages, common in the Irish tradition. This particular hymn uses both Irish (Gaelic) and Latin as text. The words are very beautiful, though a lot of the meaning is lost when translated into English! It has always been a favourite hymn of mine so I jumped at the chance to record it when in NY a few months ago.

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Deus meus adiuva me
Tabhair dom do shearch, a Mhic ghil Dé
Tabhair dom do shearch ,a Mhic ghil Dé
Deus meus adiuva me.

My God, help me.
Give me love of thee, O Son of my God.
Give me love of thee, O son of my God.
My God, help me.

5 Comments

  1. Berengere Ross on February 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! I love your wonderful light and clear voice. It's so powerful and charismatic! I discovered you today on a video with the regreted Dr David Simon who used your 'Prayer' or Let your Arms Enfold us during one of his meditation…. I had to find out more about you – which was rather more complicated than I had expected, due to the spelling ofyour Christian Name…. – But I got there eventually and I am very glad of it! Now I want your album! All the best for a wonderful 2012!

  2. Anonymous on March 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Amazing, Oh So Beautiful. Heavenly, peaceful, beautiful. Thank you Foinnuala. Keith

  3. Agnieszka Buchtová on April 17, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Amazing! Thank you for the best performance ever!

  4. Marie Sullivan Markham on March 15, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    The aching beauty of this ancient Irish and Latin hymn brought tears to my eyes. Happy St. Patrick’s Day

  5. Verónica on December 6, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    A sido una de las experiencias más hermosas el oír tu voz,quisiera la traducción de Deus Meus por favor,dónde la encuentro?

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