Ecce fulget clarissima
|TYPE||3 - Complex Melody|
|VERSE STRUCTURE||7v 4l|
|KEY SIGNATURE||Mode 8|
|TEXT SOURCE||Kilmoone Breviary: Office of St Patrick TCD MS 80, f. 122r|
|TUNE SOURCE||as above|
|FIRST LINE||Ecce fulget clarissima|
|Senan Furlong has described the Kilmoone Breviary as a ‘large-format noted breviary, i.e. a composite book of texts and chants for the Divine Office’. Surviving pages include one leaf of the calendar (containing entries for the feasts of St Columba and the Translation of Sts Patrick, Brigid and Columba) and notated offices for Sts Brigid and Patrick. See Senan Furlong, ‘Kilmoone Breviary’, The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland, eds. Harry White and Barra Boydell, 2 vols. (Dublin, 2013), I, p.568.|
Ecce fulget clarissima Patricii solempnitas in qua carne deposita felix transcendit sidera. Qui mox a puericia divina plenus gratia vitam cepit diligere dignitatis angelice. Hic felici prosapia ortus est in Britannia perceptoque baptismate studet ad alta tendere. Sed futurorum prescius, clemens et rectus dominus hunc direxit apostolum Hybernie ad populum. Erat namque hec insula bonis terre fructifera, sed cultore ydolatra mergebatur ad infima. Laus sit Patri in Filio cum Spiritu Paraclito, qui suo dono gratie misertus est Hybernie.
Behold the shining brightnessof the solemnity of Patrickwhen, having laid aside his body, he joyfully ascends to heaven.Already from his boyhood he was filled with divine graceand began to love the life of angelic dignity.This man of blessed lineagewas born in Britain and after receiving baptism strove to attain the heights.But the merciful and just Lord,knowing the shape of future things,directed this apostle to the people of Ireland.For this island wasrich in the good things of the earthyet dragged down to the lowest pointby idolatrous worship.Praise be to the Father, in the Sonwith the Spirit Paraclete,who by his gift of gracehas shown mercy to Ireland.