Mihi autem nimis
This antiphon (138:17 [Vulgate]) is used for feasts of several apostles as well as being the offertory for the Conversion of St. Paul. The chant is found on p. 1206 of the Liber usualis as the introit for St. Andreas, using vv. 1-2 for the verse and again as the offertory on p. 1207.
It has been set by:
- Marcin Leopolita SSATB (introit, with verse & doxology)
- Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina SAATB or SATTB
- Thomas Tallis AATBB, SATBarB or SAATB
The offertory Mihi autem adhaerere (psalm 73) from the mass of St. Francis, has been set for men's voices by Franz Liszt.
Text and translations
Psalm 139.17 [138.17]
Note that modern translations of this verse tend not to mention "friends" at all, making the reason for its appointment for saints’ days somewhat obscure. [The reason for this is that more recent translations (e.g. Coverdale) are relying on sources where the text is different from that of the Vulgate.]
Mihi autem nimis honorati* sunt amici tui, Deus,
[* honorificati in the (Vulgate) Palestrina setting]
Aber wie köstlich sind vor mir, Gott, deine Gedanken!
But to me, O God, how honoured are your friends!
Nekem pedig igen tiszteletre méltók a te barátaid, Isten,