Floreat Bostona (music)

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Floreat Bostona is the school song of Boston Grammar School. It is sung in Latin by staff and pupils at key school events including Charter Day and Prize Giving.

The Latin and English words to the first five verses were written in 1866 by the headmaster George Edwin Pattenden, who referred to it as "my school hymn". In 1887, to commemorate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee year, Pattenden added a special sixth verse.

Within living memory, only the first three verses have been sung.

Lyrics

Verse number Latin words Approximate English translation
1 Floreat Bostona! floreant priores
Exempla qui dedere posteris:
Memores quod illi fecerint, minores
Vestigiis sequamur aemulis:
Floreat Bostona!
Ne cui secunda sit, laborandum!
Hail to thee, Bostona! Hail to those before us,
Leaving us the legacy to do as they have done!
Memory shall inspire us now to join the happy chorus,
Singing the victories that "Boston boys" have won!
Hail to thee, Bostona!
Brighter be thy glories, as the years roll on!
2 Floreat Bostona! floreant tirones,
Labore, litteris, modestia:
Evadere omnes non valent Solones:
At lux carebit nulla linea:
Floreat Bostona!
Ne cui secunda sit, laborandum!
Hail to thee, Bostona! Still in knowledge growing,
Build we up, from day to day, a pure and manly youth!
Great and wise all cannot be, but all may forth be showing,
Greatest of all wisdom is the love of God and Truth!
Hail to thee, Bostona!
Brighter be thy glories, as the years roll on!
3 Floreat Bostona! floreant futuri!
Nostrumque servent integrum decus,
Faces easdem posteris daturi,
Quas nos eundo rite tradimus,
Floreat Bostona!!
Ne cui secunda sit, laborandum!
Hail to thee, Bostona! E'er may those succeeding
Love the School, and hold it high in learning and in games!
Handing on the lighted torch we hand to them, and speeding
Ever to the goal of good, with bright, undying flames!
Hail to thee, Bostona!
Brighter be thy glories, as the years roll on!
4 Floreat Bostona! floreant magistri!
Semper virilem diligentiam
Præstent fideles omnium ministri,
Summo Magistro dante gratiam.
Floreat Bostona!
Ne cui secunda sit, laborandum!
Hail to thee, Bostona! Faithful in your teaching,
Masters, use all diligence, and quit yourselves like men!
Working as God's husbandmen, His heavenly grace beseeching
Faint not: what is sown in tears, in joy shall come again!
Hail to thee, Bostona!
Brighter be thy glories, as the years roll on!
5 Floreat Bostona! floreant parentes!
Nostri salute et sorte prospera:
Instructiores corpora atque mentes,
Spe nos receptent cras domum bona.
Floreat Bostona!
Ne cui secunda sit, laborandum!
Hail to thee, Bostona! Hail to those who love us,
Father, mother, dearest ones, to you be health and weal!
"Home, - sweet home!" - will greet us soon, - to-morrow's dawn above us,
Best return of duty done, may we your welcome feel!
Hail to thee, Bostona!
Brighter be thy glories, as the years roll on!
6 Sixth verse found in the BGS Speech Day 1900 programme

Floreat Bostona! floreat Regina!
Felix domus sit tota regia!
Qualis per undas stat silex marina,
Immota semper stet Britannia!
Floreat Bostona!
Ne cui secunda sit, laborandum!


Hail to thee, Bostona! Hail to the Queen!
Happy with the whole Royal family!
What stands to rock the waves in the sea,
Always stay unchanged for Britain!
Hail to thee, Bostona!
Brighter be thy glories, as the years roll on!

In the 1900 Speech Day programme, throughout the song, the town is referred to as "Bostonia".

Floreat Bostona Tune

The tune for Foreat Bostona programmed as midi and converted to mp3.

The tune for Floreat Bostona

The music is reproduced with thanks to David Wright


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