Te Deum, etc.
is usually ascribed to St. Ambrose, but is probably of a much
later date. It is said that St. Ambrose improvised this hymn while
baptising St. Augustine. In allusion to this tradition, it is sometimes
called “the Ambrosian Hymn.”
(of ecclesiastical architecture) is a “theological series” of
carved figures in niches: (1) of angels,
(2) of patriarchs and prophets, (3) of apostles and evangelists, (4)
of saints and martyrs, (5) of founders. In the restored west front of
Salisbury cathedral there is a “Te Deum,” but the whole 123 original
figures have been reduced in number.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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