M103 Suscipe verbum

Standardised text incipit: 
Suscipe verbum
Standardised composer: 
Attribution notes: 
(see Further notes)
Reference source: 
I-Mfd [4], ff. 67v-68r
Number of voices: 
Music incipit: 
Pre-existing melodies (Cantus prius facti): 
Modern editions: 
, 499; 506
Further notes: 

This motet is transmitted as a fragment.

WARD 1986 considers this a concordance for Compère’s O genetrix gloriosa (WARD 1986, 499, 506; edited in CMM 15.4 after MotettiA, ff. 4v-6r, but contained incompletely in three Libroni: I-Mfd 1, ff. 149v-150r, 2nd part; I-Mfd 2, ff. 36v-37r, 2nd part; and I-Mfd 3, ff. 51v-52r, 1st part). This piece is however not a real concordance for O genitrix gloriosa, but rather a cognate setting of a partially concordant text, with substantial musical similarities.


Text details

Standardised text incipit: 
Suscipe verbum
Liturgical/devotional association: 
3rd Sunday of Advent (RR)
Full text: 

Suscipe verbum, virgo Maria, quod tibi per angelum transmissum est a domino. 

Beata virgo nitida, 
efficieris gravida, 
paries quidem filium 
non habendo detrimentum 
virginitatis et eris 
benedicta semper
mater intacta.

English translation: 

Accept the word, virgin Mary, that was transmitted to you by God through the angel.

Blessed and fair virgin, you will be made pregnant, you will indeed give birth to a son, without having you chastity diminished and you will always be blessed untouched mother.


Correspondences in standard ref works: 

Suscipe verbum ... domino ≈ Responsory for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Cantus ID 007744
per angelum transmissum est a domino] a domino per angelum transmissum est

efficieris ... intacta ≈ versus for the same responsory, Cantus ID 007744b
Paries quidem filium et virginitatis non patieris detrimentum efficieris gravida et eris mater semper intacta.



Related texts in polyphonic sources: 

I-Mfd 3, ff. 51v-52r, O genitrix gloriosa (L. Compère)

Music incipit (MEI): 

Sources with this motet

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Source Motet incipit Attribution Rubric Cycle / Text
I-Mfd [4]
Suscipe verbum
ID: M103
[Compère, Loyset]
- C29 O admirabile commercium (with Sanctus)
T103 Suscipe verbum