Ave pater preciose
|TYPE||1 - Chant-like Melody|
|VERSE STRUCTURE||1v 12l|
|KEY SIGNATURE||Mode 5|
|TEXT SOURCE||Clondalkin Breviary: Office of St Canice TCD MS 78, f. 170r|
|TUNE SOURCE||as above|
|FIRST LINE||Ave pater preciose|
|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.|
Ave pater precioselaus gentis Hyberniemiles Christi graciose virtutumque vas Cannicequi sedato virtuose motu carnis lubrice nactus es victoriose sedis locum celice nunc confessor gloriose vultu voto supplice tibi tam affectuose assistentes respice.
Hail precious fatherpraise of the people of Irelandgracious soldier of ChristCanice vessel of virtuesyou having virtuously calmedthe sensual movement of the fleshobtained victoriouslythe place of the heavenly seatnow glorious confessorwith [your] countenance, vow [and] prayer look kindly on those who attend upon you so affectionately.