O bone pastor Francisce (Luis Vicente Gargallo)

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  • (Posted 2020-07-21)  CPDL #59814:         
Editors: Jonathan Goodliffe and Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2020-07-21).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 304 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a perfect fourth.

General Information

Title: O bone pastor Francisce
Composer: Luis Vicente Gargallo

Attribution:In a 1986 edition of an oratorio "Historia de Joseph" by Gargallo, Francesc Bonastre, musicologist, questions the attribution of "O bone pastor Francisce" to that composer.

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAT.SATB
Genre: SacredOde

Language: Latin
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: Not known
Description: An ode to Saint Francis of Paula ("Paola" in Italian), founder of the Minim order of nuns and friars

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O bone pastor, Francisce de Paula,
Lux Calabriae, virginitatis alumne et aroma Turoniae.
Tu, puritatis amator, praedicator, amplexator.
Sancte pacis mediator, sectator humilitatis,
Conservator puritatis, caritatis praedicator, executor veritatis.
Blanda tu fugiebas, molia semper horrebas,
Caelestia cogitabas, et terrena conculcabas
Te constantia praedicat, te, patientia decorat, abstinentia gubernat.
Et oratio sublevat tu, solamen, solatorum,
Consolamen miserorum confortamen.
Et fugamen superborum,
Tu fundator minimorum vitaeque patrum priscorum et multorum renovator,
Et multorum cumulator praemiorum
O “minime minimorum”
Recordare pupillorum
Nec oblitus sis tuorum salutis devotorum

English.png English translation

O good shepherd, Francis of Paula,
Light of Calabria,
Fosterer of virginity,
Aroma of Turonia?
You, a lover of purity,
Preacher of chastity,
Friend to charity,
Holy mediator of peace,
Follower of humility,
Defender of purity,
You who were guided by the truth,
You fled from alluring things,
You shrank from luxury,
You pondered on holy thoughts,
You trampled on earthly things,
Constancy proclaims you,
Patience adorns you,
Abstinence governs you,
Your speech exalts you,
You are a solace to the lonely
A consolation to the wretched
A comfort to orphans
You, the founder of the Minims
Revivor of the life of the ancient fathers
And of many others
Collector of prizes
O “least of the Minims”
Remember the orphans
Do not forget your devoted followers.