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"Hymn of the Fayth"
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There was something I didn't tell anyone else that day. That song we heard there, in the temple...I knew it from my childhood. It was proof that Spira and Zanarkand were connected somehow. At least to me it was.

Tidus, narrating

The "Hymn of the Fayth" (祈りの歌, Inori no Uta?, lit. Song of Prayer), also known as Vespersong in Final Fantasy Record Keeper, is a song composed by Masashi Hamauzu and Nobuo Uematsu, featuring lyrics by scenario writer Kazushige Nojima, for Final Fantasy X.

Composed in Dorian mode, it consists of a single melodic line reminiscent of Gregorian chant. In the game, the hymn serves as a transitional song and an indicator of religious importance or solemnity, though its lyrics don't appear to have any meaning to the game's characters.

Story[edit | edit source]

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The "Hymn of the Fayth" was originally a Zanarkand song sung in defiance of Bevelle in the Machina War 1000 years ago. Yevon Temple took the song and made it scripture, spreading it and saying it was a holy song of Yevon sung to soothe the souls of the dead.

Both Tidus and Jecht know the tune, a hymn glorifying Yevon and the fayth, while knowledge of these things does not exist in their Zanarkand. As both Tidus and Jecht, as well as their world, are dreams of the fayth, they might have gained knowledge of the tune subconsciously. Another theory is that, considering the song was around before the war, and the original inhabitants of Dream Zanarkand were created from the memories of the fayth, the hymn might have been passed down in Dream Zanarkand.

Jecht has a liking for the hymn, a trait he retained even after he became Sin. As a result, the "Hymn of the Fayth," sung by the entirety of Spira, is used to pacify Sin so the party can attack it head on with the airship Fahrenheit. Shelinda is instructed to tell all of Spira to listen for a singing ship in the sky, and the people are to sing along.

Versions[edit | edit source]

Each Chamber of the Fayth is filled with a version of the hymn, each one being sung by the fayth of the aeon within the chamber. Only the Magus Sisters do not have their own version.

Standard

This is the version heard most commonly. It features a high chorus of singers. This version is used for the Magus Sisters, since they do not have their own hymn.

Valefor

Valefor's fayth is a young girl, though the singer of this version is a far older-sounding woman.

Ifrit

Ifrit's fayth is an operatic male with a tenor voice.

Ixion

Ixion's fayth is a bass male, though his voice is more subdued.

Shiva

Shiva's fayth is an operatic female with a soprano voice.

Bahamut

This version is sung by Bahamut's fayth. He is a little boy whose voice has not changed.

Yojimbo

Yojimbo's fayth is a somber baritone male.

Anima

Anima's fayth is an alto female, and her song sounds far more mournful than the other versions.

The sending

Plays during the event in Kilika Port where Yuna performs the sending.

Tidus

Tidus hums the hymn to himself in Dream Zanarkand, seen in a flashback from Bahamut's fayth. It can later be purchased in a package at the Sphere Theater in Luca.

Al Bhed

A bittersweet version sung by the Al Bhed, including Brother and Cid, before destroying Home.

Ronso tribe

The Ronso tribe sings a version of the "Hymn of the Fayth" at Mt. Gagazet. Their version is a deep all-male chorus.

Yunalesca

This version appears at the Zanarkand Dome just before the party meets Yunalesca. It is not Yunalesca herself singing, as this is another all-male chorus. Unlike the Ronso version, it uses harmonies, of which sound more ancient and powerful than the other fayth.

Spira

All of Spira sings the "Hymn of the Fayth" to subdue Sin during the party's attack upon it. This version uses both male and female singers in a chorus, harmonizing in parts. It is the most dramatic version of the hymn sung in the game.

Yu Yevon

This is heard just prior to the final battle after Yu Yevon's spirit emerges from Braska's Final Aeon. Although slightly distorted (with Flanging audio effector processed), it is otherwise identical to Yunalesca's hymn. This theme is also used in the battle against Penance.

Dummied version[edit | edit source]

"Hymn of the Fayth" from Final Fantasy X
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The hymn hummed by a female voice exists in the game, but is never used, nor is the player able to play it in the Luca theater, unlike Tidus's hummed version.

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Lyrics[edit | edit source]

The lyrics are as follows:

Ieyui
Nobomeno
Renmiri
Yojuyogo
Hasatekanae
Kutamae

The words are comprised of Japanese syllables, but they are arranged in a way that they do not form Japanese words. However, by reading the words in a different direction, they form Japanese lyrics which match the original melody.

Japanese was historically written vertically, with each sentence read from top to bottom, and the sentences arranged from right to left. Read in this manner, they reveal Japanese lyrics in two verses. Reading instead in the western style, with each sentence read left to right and sentences arranged from top to bottom, gives the lyrics above, which are the lyrics heard in the game.

I E YU I
NO BO ME NO
RE N MI RI
じゅ YO JU YO GO
HA SA
TE KA
NA E
KU TA
    MA
    E

Read vertically in the Japanese style, the lyrics can be translated in the following manner, which matches the song's melody:

いのりご Inorigo Fayth
ゆめみよ Yume mi yo Dream!
えぼんじゅ Ebonju Yu Yevon
いのれよ Inore yo Pray!
さかえたまえ Sakae tamae Please grant prosperity
はてなく Hatenaku Without end

Arrangement album appearances[edit | edit source]

Piano Collections: Final Fantasy X[edit | edit source]

A piano arrangement of the theme is found on this album arranged by Masashi Hamauzu and performed by Aki Kuroda.

Feel/Go Dream: Yuna & Tidus[edit | edit source]

An arrangement of the "Hymn of the Fayth" is included on this album. It is sung by Mayuko Aoki.

Japanese rōmaji[edit | edit source]

Sono te o watashi e to
Azukete; me o tojite
Mabuta ni kuchizukete
Itami o iyashimashou
Nemurinasai, yukkuri to
Ushinau kowasa wa dare mo onaji
Kanashimi, mayoi mo tsutsumikomu
Chikarazuyosa kanjitai
Arasou munashisa subete no hito
Kizukeba kagayaku hi wa noboru
Sono toki made inoru kara

Translation[edit | edit source]

Give your hand to me
And close your eyes
Let me cure your pain
With a kiss on your eyelids
Sleep now, be at ease
Everyone's the same: their lost fears
Wrapping up sadness and confusion, too
I want to feel that strength
If everyone realized
The pointlessness of dispute, a glittering sun would rise
Until that time comes, I pray

Distant Worlds III: more music from Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

A concert recording titled "Hymn of the Fayth – The Sending" from Final Fantasy X appears on this album.

References in other games[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy X-2[edit | edit source]

Trema recites lyrics from the "Hymn of the Fayth" before casting Meteor.[1]

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII[edit | edit source]

Song of Prayer is the auto-ability exclusive to the Summoner's Shield. After defending for a certain amount of time against enemy attacks, Lightning is buffed with Protect and Shell.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

A generic Hymn of the Fayth can be acquired for the Music Hall by way of the event Breaking the Chains of Sadness, as a Mastery Reward for the Macalania Temple stage.

Hymn of the Fayth is also a Soul Break for Yuna, which restores HP and bestows heavy Regen to the party.

Mobius Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

Should the player invoke the Song of Life from a "Yuna: FFX" card, the opening line of the "Hymn of the Fayth" will play as a sequence of bells. The ability itself restores a moderate amount of HP when drawn.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Siddham Sanskrit script, which is the basis for the script of Yevon in Final Fantasy X, is used in Japan mostly by the Shingon School of Buddhism that draws on early Hindu traditions. One traditional concept is that deities manifest their thoughts or spiritual energy in the physical world on several different "wavelengths": Sound, Form, and Symbol. The fayth singing the "Hymn of the Fayth" may represent the "Sound" part.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Vesper means "evening" in Classical Latin.

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External links[edit | edit source]

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