M016 Imperatrix gloriosa : Florem ergo : Res miranda

Standardised text incipit: 
Imperatrix gloriosa : Florem ergo : Res miranda
Standardised composer: 
Attribution notes: 
"F. Gafforus" (I-Mfd 1), "Gaffori" (index, as part of C06)
Reference source: 
I-Mfd 1, ff. 90v-93r
Number of voices: 
F / G / G
Music incipit: 
Pre-existing melodies (Cantus prius facti): 
Modern editions: 
AMMM 5, 94-104; MCE 4.4; MM 80-92
Further notes: 

The last pars of this motet (Res miranda) is listed separately in I-Mfd 1, index.
Not a concordance for M089.

Text details

Standardised text incipit: 
Imperatrix gloriosa
Liturgical/devotional association: 
Marian feasts
Full text: 

Imperatrix gloriosa,
Potens et imperiosa,
Iesu Christi generosa
Mater atque filia.

Radix Iesse speciosa,
Virga florens et frondosa
Quam rigavit copiosa
Deitatis gratia.

Auster lenis te perflavit
Et perflando fecundavit
Aquilonem qui fugavit
Sua cum potentia.

Florem ergo genuisti
Ex quo fructum protulisti,
Gabrieli cum fuisti
Paranympho credula.

Ioseph iustus vir expavit,
Ista dum consideravit,
Sciens quod non irrigavit
Florescentem virgulam.

Pene tamen conservavit
Archanum nec divulgavit
Sponsam sed magnificavit
Honorans ut dominam.

Caeli quondam roraverunt
Ex quo nubes concreverunt
Et concretae stillaverunt
Virginis in uterum.

Res miranda, res novella
Nam procedit sol de stella,
Regem dum parit puella
Viri thori nescia.

Sancta Maria ora pro nobis.

Ergo clemens et benigna
Cunctorumque laude digna
Tuo nato nos consigna
Pia per suffragia.

Sancta dei genitrix ora pro nobis.

Ut carnali qua gravamur
Compede sic absolvamur,
Ut soluti transferamur
Ad caeli palatia.

English translation: 

Glorious Empress, powerful and imperious, generous mother and daughter of Jesus Christ.

Splendid root of Jesse, flowering and leafy branch, which the abundant Grace of God nourished.

The sweet Auster pervaded you and, in so doing, impregnated you, and it chased away the North Wind with its power.

Thus you bore the flower from which you brought forth the fruit, when you, trusting <him> were with Gabriel, the bridesman.

Joseph, a just man, became afraid, when he considered this situation, knowing that he did not nourish the little blossoming branch.

Yet, he guarded well and did not divulge the secret, but rather he magnified his bride, honoring her like a lady.

The skies dripped, from which clouds condensed and once compact they trickled down in the womb of the Virgin.

Wondrous thing, unheard thing! For the Sun arises from a star, when a girl ignorant of a man's bed brings forth a king.

Saint Mary, pray for us!

Thus, you merciful and kind and worthy of praise from all, make us known to your Son through your pious intercessions.

Holy Mother of God, pray for us!

So that we thus be absolved from the carnal shackle with which we are burdened, and, once freed be transported to the palaces of heaven.

Correspondences in standard ref works: 

Sequence De beata Maria V., AH 54, No. 221, pp. 351-353
ex quo fructum protulisti] fructum atque protulisti
Gabrieli cum] Gabrieli dum
Pene] Bene
ex quo nubes] nubes ex quo
concretaeque] et concretae
in uterum] in situlam

Sancta Dei Genitrix ... nobis and Sancta virgo virginum ... nobis: Compare standard litany Invocatio Sanctorum, GT 832

Related texts in polyphonic sources: 

I-Mfd 3, ff. 206v-207r, Imperatrix gloriosa (F. Gaffurius) (=M089, T089)

Related texts in other sources: 

Compare: GOEDE 1965, 67-69. This version of the sequence Imperatrix gloriosa concludes each verse with the word “Maria”.

Further notes: 

See also M090 and T090 (shorter version of the sequence).

Gasser suggests that the version of the sequence that concludes each verse with the word “Maria” may have served as an inspiration to insert the litany sections into the motet, see GASSER 2001, 247. His reference to the Litany of Loreto in regard to the litany insertions seems, however, anachronistic.


Music incipit (MEI): 

Sources with this motet

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Source Motet incipit Attribution Rubric Cycle / Text
I-Mfd 1
Imperatrix gloriosa : Florem ergo : Res miranda
ID: M016
F. Gafforus, Gaffori (index; as part of C06)
Gaffurius, Franchinus
- C06 Salve mater salvatoris
T016 Imperatrix gloriosa