Christo canamus gloriam
|TYPE||3 - Complex Melody|
|VERSE STRUCTURE||5v 4l|
|KEY SIGNATURE||Mode 1|
|TEXT SOURCE||Clondalkin Breviary: Office of St Brigit TCD MS 78, f. 141v|
|TUNE SOURCE||as above|
|FIRST LINE||Christo canamus gloriam|
|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.|
1. Christo canamus gloriam,qui per beatam Brigidamdecoravit Hyberniam,vitam dans eius lucidam.2. Hec speculum mundiciequae mundo late claruit;hec rosa temperanciecuius virtus non languit.3. Manco manum restituit;leprosos mundans maculis;gressum claudis exhibuit;sanans privatos oculis.4. Cenam fecit mirabilemmultis de uno modio;totum prebens durabilemtoto paschali gaudio.5. Gloria tibi Dominequi natus est de virginecum patre et sancto spirituin sempiterna secula.
1. Christ’s glory let us singWho through the blessed BrigitAdorned Ireland.Granting her a light-giving life.2. She is the mirror of purityThat lit up the wide world,She is the rose of temperanceWhose strength never failed.3. She restored the hand cut off,Cleansed lepers from their ills,She showed the lame how to walk,Healed those who had lost their sight.4. She made a marvellous banquetFor many from a single peck of corn,Granting all the peck to lastFor the whole joy of Eastertide.5. Glory to you O Lord,who was born of the Virgin,with the Father and the Holy Spiritfor all ages.