O bone Jesu (Robert Parsons)

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  • (Posted 2010-05-04)  CPDL #21573:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2010-05-04).   Score information: A4, 15 pages, 198 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised 7.5.10.

General Information

Title: O bone Jesu
Composer: Robert Parsons
Source of text: Psalm 13:4-5; Psalm 31:6; Psalm 39:4-5; Psalm 115(116:8); Psalm 142:5-6; Psalm 86:17; Psalm 4:7

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: AATBarBB, including Bass gimell
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript ca. 1575 in The Baldwin Partbooks, no. 54
    Manuscript 1580 in Dow Partbooks, no. 53
    Manuscript c. 1625-1640 in the Peterhouse Partbooks: Latter Caroline Set (John Cosin)
Description: A setting of a compilation of psalm verses known as the Verses of St Bernard, punctuated by invocations to the Deity in Latin, Greek and Hebrew. Sources include the Dow Partbooks.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O bone Jesu.
Illumina oculos meos, ne unquam obdormiam in morte, nequando dicat inimicus: prevalui adversus eum. O Adonai.
In manus tuas Domine commendo spiritum meum: redemisti me Domine Deus veritatis. O Messias.
Locutus sum in lingua mea: notum fac mihi finem meum. O agios.
Et numerum dierum meorum quis est, ut sciam quid desit mihi. O Heloi.
Dirupisti Domine vincula mea: tibi sacrificabo hostiam laudis, et nomen Domini invocabo. O Emmanuel.
Periit fuga a me, et non est qui requirat animam meam. O Christe.
Clamavi ad te Domine, dixi: tu es spes mea, portio mea in terra viventium. O rex noster.
Fac mecum signum bonum, ut videant qui oderunt me, et confundantur: quoniam tu Domine adjuvisti et consolatus es me. O Rabbi.
Signatum est super nos lumen vultus tui Domine: dedisti laetitiam in corde meo. Amen.

English.png English translation

O good Jesus.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him.’ O Lord.
Into your hands I commit my spirit: deliver me, Lord God of truth. O Messiah.
I have spoken: Lord, make me know my end. O Holy One.
And what is the number of my days: that I may know what is lacking in me. O my God.
You have broken my bonds: I will offer you the sacrifice of praise and call on the name of our Lord. O Emmanuel.
I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. O Christ.
I have cried to you, O Lord, I have said, ‘You are my hope, my portion in the land of the living.’ O our King.
Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me. O teacher.
You have let the light of your face shine on us: you have filled my heart with joy. Amen.