O bone Jesu (Pierre de Manchicourt)

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  • (Posted 2013-12-07)  CPDL #30732:       
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2013-12-07).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 50 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Anon ('Incertus autor') Source: Liber quartus eccles. cant., Susato 1554.

General Information

Title: O bone Jesu
Composer: Pierre de Manchicourt

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1554 in Ecclesiasticarum cantionum quatuor vocum, liber 4, no. 11
    2nd published: 1560 in Monasterio de S Maria, Montserrat, MS 772 (Líber quatuor missarum musicalium … a Petro de Manchicourt …)
Description: Although inscribed in the 1554 source with the header incertus autor, the appearance of this motet in the 1560 collection enables confident attribution to Pierre de Manchicourt.

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Original text and translations

(The text appears as one long sentence in the source, without punctuation or capital letters except for ‘Iesu’, so the text division is editorial; the third and fourth sentences are apparently quoted from a prayer for mercy written by St Augustine.)

Latin.png Latin text

O bone Iesu, salvator mundi, miserere nobis.
Cognoscimus quia peccavimus; veniam petimus quam non meremur.
Vita nostra in dolore suspirat et in opere se non emendat.
Si expectas non corrigimur; si vindicas non duramus.
Ergo bone Iesu, salvator mundi, miserere nobis.

English.png English translation

Gentle Jesus, saviour of the world, have mercy on us.
We know that we have sinned; we beg for a forgiveness which we do not deserve.
Our life is one of pain and sighing, yet we do not mend our ways.
If you wait for us to do so, we do not act aright; if you take vengeance, we cannot withstand it.
Therefore, gentle Jesus, saviour of the world, have mercy on us.