E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Kyrie Eleison [Ki-ri-e E-li-sn].
Lord, have mercy. The first movement of the Catholic mass. Both the music and the words are so called. In the Anglican Church, after each commandment, the response is, Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.