M056 Adoramus te Christe

Standardised text incipit: 
Adoramus te Christe
Standardised composer: 
Attribution notes: 
Attributed to Compère by FINSCHER 1964 as part of C16, on account of the cycle’s musical style and its being listed in I-Mfd 1, index between two cycles by Compère (C14a and C17).
Reference source: 
I-Mfd 1, ff. 167v-168r
Number of voices: 
Music incipit: 
Pre-existing melodies (Cantus prius facti): 

This motet possibly quotes pre-existing material, but it can not be linked to any Cantus prius factus with a corresponding text.

Modern editions: 
AMMM 13, 33-35; CMM 15.2; MCE 2.6
Further notes: 

Elevation motet.

Text details

Standardised text incipit: 
Adoramus te Christe
Liturgical/devotional association: 
Holy Cross
the Blessed Sacrament
Full text: 

Adoramus te Christe et benedicimus tibi, quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

O sanguis Christi qui fusus amore fuisti
Humani generis. Precor nobis auxilieris, 
Dele peccata, da nobis regna beata.

English translation: 

We adore you Christ, and we bless you, because through your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

O blood of Christ, you who were spilled out of love for the humankind. I pray you to help us, cancel the sins, give us the blissful reigns.

Correspondences in standard ref works: 

Adoramus ... mundum = multipurpose antiphon for the Holy Cross, used e.g. in the Short Office of the Cross, in Good Friday observances, for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (Cantus ID 001287), etc.

O sanguis ... beata = from a metrical prayer to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, AH 46, No. 35, p. 52 (from the 15th-century ms. Clm. Monacen. 641)

Related texts in polyphonic sources: 

Adoramus ... mundum is included in the texts of other Elevation motets, see T076 / M076 (as part of the cycle C14b Ave virgo gloriosa caeli iubar / <Missa> Galeazescha by Compère) and T110 / M110.

See also T177 (as part of C44 In nomine Iesu / Officium de cruce, by Compère) and T254.


Further notes: 

O sanguis ... beata is the continuation of T055.

Music incipit (MEI): 

Sources with this motet

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Source Motet incipit Attribution Rubric Cycle / Text
I-Mfd 1
Adoramus te Christe
ID: M056
[Compère, Loyset]
ad elevationem C16 Ave domine Iesu Christe
T056 Adoramus te Christe