M140 Sancti spiritus adsit

Standardised text incipit: 
Sancti spiritus adsit
Standardised composer: 
Attribution notes: 
(see Further notes)
Reference source: 
I-Mfd [4], ff. 124v-125r
Number of voices: 
Music incipit: 
Pre-existing melodies (Cantus prius facti): 

The first verse of the hymn Veni creator spiritus (Cantus ID 008407) quoted in T and partially in C (passage "Veni creator" until end):


"Veni creator spiritus / mentes tuorum visita /


imple superna gratia / quae tu creasti pectora" (http://cantusindex.org/id/008407)

Modern editions: 
CMM 106.3
Further notes: 

This motet is transmitted as a fragment.

Not a concordance for M096.

This motet has been proposed as part of C37a by WARD 1986, and as such attributed to Weerbeke (see the record of C37a for further information). LINDMAYR-BRANDL 1992 and PAVANELLO 2009 have instead discarded it from the cycle on textual and stylistic grounds.

The Gaspar van Weerbeke Project lists it among the doubtful works.

Text details

Standardised text incipit: 
Sancti spiritus adsit
Liturgical/devotional association: 
Full text: 

Sancti spiritus adsit nobis gratia
quae corda nostra sibi faciat habitacula.
Spiritus alme illustrator cordium
horridas nostrae mentis purga tenebras.

Veni creator spiritus,
mentes tuorum visita.
imple superna gratia
quae tu creasti pectora.


English translation: 

The holy spirit's favour be among us,
That he makes himself our hearts his home.
Nourishing spirit, illumination of the hearts,
Purge the horrid darkness of our mind.

Come creator spirit visit your children's thoughts, fill with celestial grace the hearts that you created.

Correspondences in standard ref works: 

Sancti...habitacula = Sequence for Pentecost, ascribed to Notker, AH 53, No. 70, pp. 119-122, st. 1-2
adsit] assit
habitacula] habitaculum

Spiritus...tenebras = Sequence for Pentecost, ascribed to Notker, AH 53, No. 70, pp. 119-122, st. 4-5
cordium] hominum

Veni creator ... pectora = Hymn for Pentecost, ascr. to Pope Innocens III, AH 54, No. 153, pp. 234-239, st. 1

Related texts in polyphonic sources: 

I-Mfd [4], ff. 60v-61r, Sancti Spiritus adsit (anon. a 4) (= M096, T096)

I-TRbc MS 1378 [91] (“Trent 91”), ff. 174v-177r Sancti Spiritus assit nobis gratia (anon.)

D-Mbs 3154, ff. 359v-362r Sancti Spiritus assit nobis gratia (anon. a 5)

Related texts in other sources: 

Sequence for Pentecost, in Zarotto 1474, ff. 95v-96.

Music incipit (MEI):