Decus morum, dux minorum (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
- Editor: Phoebe Wing (submitted 2018-07-29). Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 123 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transcription from Franz Espagne's 1878 edition (Breitkopf & Härtel) of Tomus VIII, Opera omnia Ioannis Petraloysii Praenestini. Musica ficta taken from this edition. Subsequently raised a minor third, "vitae" corrected to "vite."
Title: Decus morum, dux minorum
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
First published: 1589 in Hymni totius anni, no. 40
Description: "Medieval hymnographers also loved the trick used in this hymn, in which the last line of each stanza is the title (i.e. first line) of another hymn. (A similarly constructed piece is sung in the Cisterican Office of St Bernard.) The hymns thus quoted are all from the repertoire generally found in all medieval Uses of the Office.
- Christe redemptor omnium - from Vespers of Christmas, pre-Urban VIII
- Aeterna Christi munera - from the Common of Apostles
- Vexilla regis prodeunt - from Vespers of Passiontide
- Beata nobis gaudia - from Lauds of Pentecost."
- – Gregory di Pippo, New Liturgical Movement (4 Oct. 2017)
Original text and translations
| Latin text
1. Decus morum,
| English translation|
The glory of our way,