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A dirge is a somber song expressing mourning or grief, such as would be appropriate for performance at a funeral. The English word "dirge" is derived from the Latin Dirige, Domine, Deus meus, in conspectu tuo viam meam ("Direct my way in your sight, O Lord my God"), the first words of the first antiphon in the Matins of the Office for the Dead. The original meaning of "dirge" in English referred to this office.


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The root of "dirge", meaning to direct, is the same as the root of the "dirigible" ("steerable") Airship. The two diverse English words would come together in 1937 as a result of the Hindenburg disaster.

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DIRGE, a song or hymn of mourning, particularly one sung at. funerals or at a service in commemoration of the dead. It is. derived from the first word of the antiphon "Dirige, Domine, Deus meus, in conspectu tuo viam meam" (Guide, 0 Lord, my God, my way in Thy sight), of the opening psalm in the office for the dead in the Roman Church. The antiphon is adapted from verse 8 of Psalm v.

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A dirge is a sad song or poem of unhappiness. They are usually sung at funerals.[1] For example, a dirge was sung for the soldiers that had died in the Battle of Gettysburg before Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address. The word dirge came from the Latin word dirige, which means "direct".[2] It is likely that dirge also came from the old expression Dirige, Domine, Deus meus, in conspectu tuo viam meam ("Direct my way in your sight, O Lord my God"). "Dirge", meaning to direct, is the same as a "dirigible" ("steerable") airship. These two words became connected in 1937 because of the Hindenburg disaster.



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