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Te Deum for the Federation of July 14, 1790 at the Champ de Mars


A hymn written by Joseph Gossec to celebrate national unity on the first anniversary of the taking of the Bastille. Combining old and new, Gossec set a traditional Latin text to music scored for wind instruments (rather than the common organ), the sound of which carried well at the outdoor festival.

This source is a part of the Songs of the Revolution source collection.


Te Deum pour la fédération du 14 juillet 1790, au Champ de Mars.
Te Deum laudamus:
te Dominum confitemur.
Te aeternum Patrem
omnis terra veneratur.

Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim
incessabili voce proclamant.

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,
Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt caeli et terra
maiestatis gloriae tuae.


Te Deum for the Federation of 14 July 1790 at the Champs de Mars
We praise you, O God,
We confess you as our Lord.
All the earth worships you
As eternal father.

The Cherumbim and Seraphim
Ceaselessly proclaim You.

Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God of Hosts.
Heaven and earth are full
Of the Glory of Your Majesty.

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"Te Deum for the Federation of July 14, 1790 at the Champ de Mars," in World History Commons, [accessed February 22, 2024]