O bone Jesu (Francesco de Layolle)

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  • (Posted 2018-01-21)  CPDL #48513:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2018-01-21).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 43 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch and note values. Three of the four voices are editorial, so this is partly a new composition, albeit in a style intended to resemble Layolle's, or at least similar repertoire of the same period.

General Information

Title: O bone Jesu
Composer: Francesco de Layolle

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1525
Description: This is a motet from a collection probably published in Lyon in 1525 and which was devoted entirely to motets by Layolle, a resident of the city at the time. Unfortunately, only the tenor partbook has survived, which contains the information that O bone Jesu was scored for four voices.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O bone Jesu, salvator mundi, iustos conserva,
peccatores iustifica, et omnibus fidelibus defunctis miserere,
et propitius esto mihi miserrimo peccatori.

English.png English translation

Kind Jesus, saviour of the world, save the just,
make the sinners righteous, and have mercy on all the faithful dead,
and look favourably upon me, a most miserable sinner.