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O kto kto Nikolaja l'ubit

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The text of this immensely popular hymn to Saint Nicholas, wonder-worker and archbishop of Myra in Lycia, is that of Monsignor William Levkulic, who also published an English translation, O who loves Nicholas the Saintly. It was printed with music in the Metropolitan Cantor Institute's Byzantine Catholic Hymnal for Nativity and Theophany (2007)

Sources

This hymn was included in the Užhorod Pisennik (1913) as the first hymn to Saint Nicholas (number 26 in that collection), with seven verses; and in the L'vov Pisnoslovets (1907, page 276), also with seven verses. The first verse was the same in both versions, while the remaining verses differed slightly between the two versions.

Professor George Kacan's collection Kolady (1957) has this hymn on page 1 (!) with seven verses, in Latin letters:

Father Stefan Papp's Duchovňi Pisňi (1969) likewise provided this hymn as the first of those for Saint Nicholas (on page 57). He gave four verses, which (except for the first) differed from both the versions mentioned above. In addition, this setting consistenly named the saint Mikolaje rather than Nikolaje:

The text of this hymn, along with an English translation, was published along with the liturgical hymns for the feast of Saint Nicholas in Monsignor Levkulic's The Divine Liturgy, a Book of Prayer (1978), page 104. The text as given by Monsignor Lekvulic (and used above) followed the L'vov rather than the Užhorod text, giving verses 1, 2, and 7 from the 1907 Pisnoslovets. This appears to be the text used by Kacan as well, and his work or a similar one may have been Father Levkulic's source.