Nocte matris lectulum
|TYPE||1 - Chant-like Melody|
|VERSE STRUCTURE||1v 4l|
|KEY SIGNATURE||Mode 3|
|TEXT SOURCE||Clondalkin Breviary: Office of St Brigit TCD MS 78, f. 140r|
|TUNE SOURCE||as above|
|FIRST LINE||Nocte matris lectulum|
|The Clondalkin Breviary consists of chants for the Divine Office which date from the second half of the fifteenth century. Senan Furlong notes that, ‘[a]though it was also used at Clondalkin near Dublin, its original provenance may be the Ossory / Kilkenny area. […] Its calendar contains entries for 27 Irish saints in the original hand. In the sanctorale, which contains material for the celebration of the feastdays of saints, there are notated offices for Sts Brigid, Patrick, and Canice, all of them incomplete owing to the loss of the original folios’. See Senan Furlong, ‘The Clondalkin Breviary’, The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland, eds. Harry White and Barra Boydell, 2 vols. (Dublin, 2013), I, p.209.|
Nocte matris lectulumlux irradiabatnasciture meritumprolis presignabat.
By night her mother’s cotWas all ablaze with light,Which presaged the meritsOf the infant in her womb.