I quote an ancient Latin hymn for St. John the Baptist's Day:
* queant laxis
*bii reatum, Sancte Joannes.
What syllables are missing?
What special meaning do they have?
Why was St.J. more suitable than some other saint?
I believe the missing syllables are some combination of:
do re mi fa so la ti, representing musical singing notes, perhaps:
C, D, E, F, G, A, B
So there should be a 6 note tune.
I don't have a full translation, but here is what I have so far, I'm sure some of what I have is not correct:
Laqueant laxis = loosen the noose
Resonare fibris = let resonate ???, maybe sound the drum or something
mira gestorum = carrying wonderful things ??
famuli tuorum = to serve you
fave = be favorable to
pollus = to defile
tibii = to you ; labii = lip
Or it could be a message: A D E F F A; or A D E F F B
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Posted by Larry
on 2010-11-28 21:46:24