Te Deum laudamus (We praise thee, O God)
Description: Heard by Dante as he passes through the Gate of Purgatory, the Te Deum has long been considered the earliest surviving Christian hymn, dating as far back as the 4th century. The hymn celebrates the Trinity. The song conveys a sense of release and was often sung at the end of the nocturnal psalmody in monasteries. The song is heard again in Par.24 after Dante has successfully passed his examinations on the three theological virtues. The song was used at the end of liturgical dramas in Dante's time.
Genre: Gregorian chant
Copyright: public domain