O bone Jesu (Pierre de Manchicourt)
- Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2013-12-07). Score information: A4, 7 pages, 50 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Anon ('Incertus autor') Source: Liber quartus eccles. cant., Susato 1554.
Title: O bone Jesu
Composer: Pierre de Manchicourt
First published: 1554 in Ecclesiasticarum cantionum quatuor vocum, liber 4, no. 11
2nd published: 1560 in Monasterio de S Maria, Montserrat, MS 772 (Líber quatuor missarum musicalium … a Petro de Manchicourt …)
Description: Although inscribed in the 1554 source with the header incertus autor, the appearance of this motet in the 1560 collection enables confident attribution to Pierre de Manchicourt.
Original text and translations
(The text appears as one long sentence in the source, without punctuation or capital letters except for ‘Iesu’, so the text division is editorial; the third and fourth sentences are apparently quoted from a prayer for mercy written by St Augustine.)
O bone Iesu, salvator mundi, miserere nobis.
Gentle Jesus, saviour of the world, have mercy on us.