M077 Salve mater salvatoris

Standardised text incipit: 
Salve mater salvatoris
Standardised composer: 
Attribution notes: 
unanimously attr. to Compère as part of C14b (see Further notes).
Reference source: 
I-Mfd 3, ff. 132v-133r
Number of voices: 
Music incipit: 
Pre-existing melodies (Cantus prius facti): 

1st phrase of verse 1 of the sequence Salve mater salvatoris (Cantus ID unsure) is loosely quoted in the first phrase of T1:


"Salve mater salvatoris" (MOBERG 1927, No. 10)

last phrase of verse 4 of the sequence Veni sancte spiritus (Cantus ID ah54153) is quoted in T1 (passage "vas caelestis gratiae"):


"sana quod est saucium" (http://manuscrit.ville-laon.fr/_app/visualisation.php?cote=Ms263&vue=192)

1st phrase of verse 4 of the sequence Veni sancte spiritus (Cantus ID ah54153) is quoted in T2 (passage "tu nostrum refugium"):


"Flecte quod est rigidum" (ibid.) See MACEY 1996, 171.

2nd phrase of verse 4 of the sequence Veni sancte spiritus (Cantus ID ah54153) is quoted in T1 (passage "da reis remedium"):


"riga quod est aridum" (ibid.)

last phrase of verse 4 of the sequence Veni sancte spiritus (Cantus ID ah54153) is quoted in T2 (passage "procul pelle vitia"):


"sana quod est saucium" (ibid.)

Modern editions: 
AMMM 13, 104-107; CMM 15.2; MCE 3.8
, No. 10
, 171; 175-177
Further notes: 

Cycle C14a, whose three component motets (M071, M072 and M074) are concordant with motets in C14b, is attributed to “Loyset” in I-Mfd 1, index (see the record for fuller details). The present motet has been unanimously attributed to Compère as part of C14b: see for instance FINSCHER 1964, 92.

Text details

Standardised text incipit: 
Salve mater salvatoris
Liturgical/devotional association: 
Marian feasts and observances
Full text: 

Salve mater salvatoris,
Vas electum, vas honoris
Vas caelestis gratiae.

Tu nostrum refugium
Da reis remedium
Procul pelle vitia.

Salve verbi sacra parens,
Flos de spina spina carens
Flos spineti gloria.

Tu veniae vena,
Mater gratiae,
Confer nobis dona misericordiae.

Filium implora 
Ut donum veniae 
Donet mortis hora
Nobis ut gloriae
Regno presentemur.

Dulcis Iesu mater bona,
Mundi salus et matrona
Supernorum civium,

Pacem confer sempiternam
Et ad lucem nos supernam
Transfer post exilium,
O Maria.

English translation: 

Hail, mother of the Savior, chosen vessel, vessel of honor, vessel of celestial grace.

You, our refuge, grant the sinners a remedy, vanish vice far away.

Hail, sacred parent of the Word, flower among thorns, flower free from thorns, glory of the thicket.

You are the vein of forgiveness, mother of grace, grant us the gifts of mercy.

Implore your Son to grant us the gift of forgiveness at the hour of our death, so that we may be shown to the kingdom of glory.

Good mother of sweet Jesus, salvation of the world and matron of the celestial citizens, grant eternal peace and transfer us to the celestial light after our exile, o Mary.


Correspondences in standard ref works: 

Salve mater ... gratiae = Marian sequence Salve mater salvatoris, AH 54, No. 245, pp. 383-386, st. 1

Tu nostrum ... vitia = Maria sequence Ave virgo virginum, AH 54, No. 285, pp. 432-433, st. 6

Salve verbi ... gloria = Marian sequence Salve mater salvatoris, AH 54, No. 245, pp. 383-386, st. 3

Dulcis ... exilium = Marian sequence Ave virgo gloriosa, AH 54, No. 277, pp. 417-419, st. 15-16

Related texts in polyphonic sources: 

I-Mfd 1, ff. 84v-85r, Salve mater salvatoris (F. Gaffurius) (= M012T012)

I-Mfd 1, ff. 179v-181r, Salve mater salvatoris : Inter natos mulierum (F. Gaffurius)
Salve mater salvatoris
vas electum vas honoris
vas celestis gratie.

Sancta Maria, sancta Dei genitrix, intercede pro nobis.

Salve regni princeps poli
Cunctis iustis dignus coli
Michael archangele.

Sancte Michael ora pro nobis.
Sancta virgo virginum ora pro nobis unigenitum.

Inter natos mulierum
Hic Joannes vas sincerum
Principatum tenuit.

Ora pro nobis,
sancte Petre ora pro nobis
sancte Paule intercede pro nobis
sancte Stephane ora nobis
sancte Laurenti ora pro nobis
sancta Tecla intercede pro nobis
sancte Ambrosi ora pro nobis
omnes sancti et sancte Dei intercedite pro nobis.

Music incipit (MEI): 

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