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J. M. Neale and the Quest for Sobornost$
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Leon Litvack

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263517

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263517.001.0001

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Neale’s Centos and Adaptations

Neale’s Centos and Adaptations

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(p.154) Chapter 7 Neale’s Centos and Adaptations
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J. M. Neale and the Quest for Sobornost
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LEON LITVACK

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263517.003.0008

This chapter discusses Neale’s centos and adaptations. Neale realized that many of his translations were perceived to be pedantic and that they contained references to Orthodox theology or lesser known references in the bible which would be dismissed as inappropriate for use by English congregations. Therefore, he included centos, compositions made up of quotations from other authors, which he deemed to be the most appropriate form of Greek hymn translation. In his Eastern hymn translations and adaptations, Neale chose to consider only those from Greek, the ‘perfect’ language which reflected his schoolroom and common room. The discussion suggests that the manner of his Greek translations and their content are essential elements in his quest for sobornost.

Keywords:   centos, adaptations, Greek hymns, Greek translations, Eastern hymn translations

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