1640-1686

April 30, 1640, Rouen, France.

November 28, 1686, Villiers sur Fere, Soissons, France.

Born to poor parents, le Tourneaux displayed uncommon ability at an early age, and attracted the notice of M. du Fosset, Maître des Comptes at Rouen, who sent him to the Jesuit college at Paris, where he made remarkable progress in his studies. He then moved to Touraine, where he spent some time with a pious ecclesiastic in the practice of prayer and penitential exercises. His friend, observing that le Tourneaux had a gift for preaching, advised him to return to Rouen. This he did, and adopted the clerical profession, and was in 1662 admitted to the priests’ orders by special dispensation, though still under canonical age. He subsequently moved to Paris, where he employed his time in study, and in 1675 won a prize from the French Academy for prose composition. He was appointed to a canonry at Sainte-Chapelle, and later became prior of Villiers sur Fere, in the diocese of Soissons. He wrote several theological and religious works, as well as some hymns which were inserted into the Paris Breviary of 1680, and the Cluniac Breviary of 1686 (in the latter, his signature was N.T.P.R.).

  1. Adeste, Coelitum chori
    • Angels, Come on Joyous Pinion
    • Angels to Our Jubilee
    • Come, Thou Blest Angelic Throng
    • Come, Ye Heavenly Choirs Descending
    • Descend from Heaven, Ye Angel Choirs
    • Heavenly Choirs with Anthems Sweet
  2. Aurora Lucis dom novae
  3. Clamantis ecce vox sonans
    • Hark, in the Wilderness
    • Herald’s Cry with Thrilling Sounds, The
    • Judea’s Desert Heard a Sound
    • Lo, the Voice of One That Crieth
    • Voice of Him Who Cries Aloud, the
    • Voice of One That Cries Aloud, The
  4. Emergit undis et Deo
    • Emerging, Lo! from Jordan’s Flood
    • From the Stream Emerging, Lo
    • From the Wave Behold Him Rise
    • He Rises from the Wave, and Now
    • Lord Comes Forth from Jordan’s Stream, The
    • Now Jesus Lifts His Prayer on High
    • Son of Man from Jordan Rose, The
  5. Jussu tyranni pro fide
  6. Non abluunt lymphae Deum
    • God Needeth Not the Cleansing Wave
    • It Is Not That the Wave Can Wash Our God
    • Since the Heavenly Lamb Hath Stood
    • Waters Cleanse Not Thee, The