Dostoyno yest

Discussion in 'Русский (Russian)' started by Scholiast, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. Scholiast

    Scholiast Senior Member

    Greetings all, here, and I apologise for writing this enquiry in English. I can read cyrillic script, but know but the smallest of Russian grammar.

    I sing in a parish church choir in England, and musically we are quite adventurous. I have in my possession a vocal score of a Russian anthem which I would love to be able to teach my fellow singers, including the proper words of a Russian anthem by D. (Dimitri?) Bortnynsky. It begins with the words (transliterated) Dostoyno yest, yako voi istinu, blazhiti Tya borogoditzu.

    Can anyone here please give me the source (I think it is likely to be a Psalm)?

    With a Russian text and the aid of a Russian-English dictionary, I'm sure I can make enough sense of it for our choir.

    Thanks in advance for any help here,

  2. slavic_one

    slavic_one Senior Member

    Prague, Czech Republic
    Croatian (štokavski, jekavski)
  3. Enquiring Mind

    Enquiring Mind Senior Member

    UK/Česká republika
    English - the Queen's
    Hi Scholiast, it's Church Slavonic, and your answer (and translation) is to be found on the page here.

    Note, it's bogoroditsu (Богородицу) not borogoditzu. (And interesting use of the adjective "meet", in the sense "it is right and fitting".)

    And according to this ( page and other web pages such as this ( one, it's a prayer that can be said after any other prayers or act as part of the Orthodox liturgy, but it's not actually part of a psalm.

    (Ed: cross-posted with slavic_one)
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2013
  4. Scholiast

    Scholiast Senior Member

    Many thanks to both correspondents, particularly to Enquiring Mind for correcting my error in transcription. It is handy to know (though of course not in the slightest surprising) that it's originally an Orthodox Greek hymn or prayer, rather than "native" Slavonic. And of course - silly me - I should have recognised the reference to the mater Boga, which rules it out from being a psalm.
  5. Maroseika Moderator

    Dmitriy Bortnianskiy.

    Dimitriy is Church-Slavonic variant of Russian name Dmitriy.

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