Lætífica ánimam servi tui,* quóniam ad te, Dómine, ánimam meam levávi

Lætífica ánimam servi tui,*
quóniam ad te, Dómine, ánimam meam levávi.
Make happy the soul of your servant *
for to you, Lord, I have lifted up my soul.

Laetifica = make happy, from laetifico,are.

animam = soul.

servi tui = of your servant. From servus,i. Obviously the point of caution here for the diligent reader of Latin, who is ever attending to grammar, is that servi could either be the SUBJECTPLURAL form or else the GENITIVE – SINGULAR form. From the context is it clear that no plural subject is called for, and the singular genitive attaches nicely to animam, thus: “the soul of the servant.”

quoniam ad te, Domine = for to you, Lord. A parallel to the previous stanza.

animam meam levavi = I have lifted up my soul. From levo,are, to lift up, to raise. elevo,are finds its root here in levo,are, as in the Roman Canon: elevatis oculis in caelum, Having lifted His eyes to heaven.

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