M037 O virginum praeclara

Standardised text incipit: 
O virginum praeclara
Standardised composer: 
Attribution notes: 
"Gaspar" (I-Mfd 1, index; as part of C12a)
In cycle(s): 
Reference source: 
I-Mfd 1, ff. 132v-133r
Number of voices: 
Music incipit: 
Pre-existing melodies (Cantus prius facti): 
Modern editions: 
AMMM 11, 35-39; CMM 106.3; MCE 5.7
Further notes: 

Concordance in ms. that does not transmit motet cycles: I-Sc K.I.2, ff. 108v-110r.

See also the Gaspar van Weerbeke Project.

Text details

Standardised text incipit: 
O virginum praeclara
Liturgical/devotional association: 
Marian feasts and observances
Full text: 

O virginum praeclara Maria sanctissima <?> tuum factorem, redemptorem saeculi. 

O gloriosa domina,
Excelsa supra sidera,
Qui te creavit provide 
Lactasti sacro ubere.

Tu reddis almo germine,
Intrent ut astra flebiles
Caeli fenestra facta es.

Tu regis alti ianua
Et porta lucis fulgida.
Vitam datam per virginem,
Gentes redemptae, plaudite.

Domus pudici pectoris,
Templum repente fidei
Verbo concepit filium
Iesum Christum.

English translation: 

O renowned virgin holiest Mary, <?> your maker, redeemer of the ages.

O lady glorious, excelling the stars, He who created you with providence, you fed with your holy breast.

You returned by a restoring offshoot, so that those worthy of being beweeped could enter the heavens, you were made the heaven's window.

You door of the high king and shining gate of light. Redeemed people, applaud the life given by a virgin.

The house of a modest breast, the unexpected temple of faith conceived a son, Jesu Christ through the word.


Correspondences in standard ref works: 

O gloriosa ... plaudite = Marian hymn, AH 50, No. 72, pp. 86-87, st. 6-8
domina] femina
Lactas sacrato] lactasti sacro
the first line of st. 7, Quod Eva tristis abstulit, is missing in our text

Domus ... fidei = Sedulius’ hymn A solis ortus cardine, AH 50, No. 53/2, p. 58-60, st. 4
fidei] fit Dei
Verbo concepit filium / Iesum Christum] Intacta nesciens virum / Verbo creavit (concepit in several mss.) filium

Related texts in polyphonic sources: 

I-Mfd 1, 149v-150r and I-Mfd 2, 36v-37r, Ave virgo gloriosa Maria mater gratiae (L. Compère)

Further notes: 

O gloriosa ... plaudite is the continuation of T036.

Music incipit (MEI): 

Sources with this motet

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Source Motet incipit Attribution Rubric Cycle / Text
I-Mfd 1
O virginum praeclara
ID: M037
Gaspar (index; as part of C12a)
Weerbeke, Gaspar van
- C12a Ave mundi domina
T037 O virginum praeclara