O bone Jesu (Hieronymus Praetorius)

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  • (Posted 2019-03-09)  CPDL #53490:       
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2019-03-09).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 156 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1599 print. Original key and note values.

General Information

Title: O bone Jesu
Composer: Hieronymus Praetorius

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SMsATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1599 in Cantiones sacrae de praecipuis festis totius anni, Hamburg, no. 12
Description: In two parts
I. O bone Jesu
II. Eya, dulcissime Jesu

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O bone Jesu, duo in me agnosco,
naturam quam fecisti et quod ego didici.
Fateor quod per culpam deformavi naturam meam.
Memento quod sum spiritus vadens et non rediens
et per me redire non possum.

Eya, eya, dulcissime Jesu, tolle ex me quod ego feci,
ut remaneat quod fecisti,
et ne pereat quod tuo pretioso sanguine redemisti.

English.png English translation

O good Jesus, I see in myself two things:
the nature which you created and the one which I have learned.
I confess that I have deformed my nature through wickedness.
Remember that I am a spirit going away and not returning,
and by myself unable to return.

Eia, eia, o sweetest Jesus, take from me what I have made,
and leave what you have made,
so that what you have redeemed with your precious blood may not perish.