Christe Jesu, pastor bone (John Taverner)

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  • (Posted 2006-10-01)  CPDL #12740:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Dan Foster (submitted 2006-10-01).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Note values halved. Scored in clefs familiar to modern readers. Musica ficta matches our recently researched performances and recording.

General Information

Title: Christe Jesu, pastor bone
Composer: John Taverner

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBB
Genre: SacredMotetVotive antiphon

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript ca. 1575 in The Baldwin Partbooks, no. 51
Description: Related to Mass 'Small Devotion'

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O Christe Jesu, pastor bone,
Mediator et patrone,
Mundi nobis in agone,
Confer opem et depone
Vitae sordes et coronae
Celestis da gloriam.

Et Elizabetham nostram
Angliae reginae serva
Et ecclesiam piorum
Tueare custos horum,
Et utrisque concedatur
Eternae vitae premium.

English.png English translation

O Jesus Christ, good shepherd,
Mediator and patron,
To us in the trials of the world
Grant help and remove
Life’s baseness, and give us
The joy of a heavenly crown.

Save our Elizabeth, Queen of England,
And watch over the Church
O protector of these the devout;
And allow both
The reward of eternal life.

(Adapted from the translation of a related text, that of Taverner's O Wilhelme pastor bone, given on the website