Floreat Bostona (music)

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Floreat Bostona is the school song of Boston Grammar School. The Latin and English words were written by George Edwin Pattenden, who referred to it as "my school hymn".

Latin words of Floreat Bostona

FLOREAT BOSTONA! floreant priores
Exempla qui dedere posteris:
Memores quod illi fecerint, minores
Vestigiis sequamur aemulis:
FLOREAT BOSTONA!
Ne cui secunda sit, laborandum!


FLOREAT BOSTONA! floreant tirones,
Labore, litteris, modestia:
Evadere omnes non valent Solones:
At lux carebit nulla linea:
FLOREAT BOSTONA!
Ne cui secunda sit, laborandum!


FLOREAT BOSTONA! floreant futuri!
Nostrumque servent integrum decus,
Faces easdem posteris daturi,
Quas nos eundo rite tradimus,
FLOREAT BOSTONA!
Ne cui secunda sit, laborandum!

The final two verses are no longer sung

FLOREAT BOSTONA! floreant magistri!
Semper virilem diligentiam
Præstent fideles omnium ministri,
Summo Magistro dante gratiam.
FLOREAT BOSTONA!
Ne cui secunda sit, laborandum!


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!

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

English words of Floreat Bostona

The song is always sung in Latin so these English words are provided simply as an approximate translation

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 by thy glories, as the years roll on!


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 by thy glories, as the years roll on!


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 by thy glories, as the years roll on!


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 by thy glories, as the years roll on!


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 by thy glories, as the years roll on!

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