M070 Virgo constans

Standardised text incipit: 
Virgo constans
Standardised composer: 
Reference source: 
I-Mfd 2, ff. 109v-110r
Number of voices: 
4
Mensuration: 
Length: 
40
Signature: 
-
Clefs: 
c1c3c4f3
Final: 
A
Music incipit: 
..aaaeef
..aabcde
aaaeefga
aabcdecb
Pre-existing melodies (Cantus prius facti): 
Modern editions: 
AMMM 3
Discography: 
Further notes: 

Copied as “secunda pars” of M069 in I-Mfd 3. I-Mfd 2 has the rubric “finis” after the end of the bassus part (f. 110r).

Text details

Standardised text incipit: 
Virgo constans
Liturgical/devotional association: 
St. Catherine of Alexandria
Full text: 

Virgo constans decollatur
Pro cruore derivatur
Lac ab eius corpore.

Sponsa sponso sic unitur
Corpus Sinai sepelitur
Angelorum opere.

Tibi, Christe, splendor patris,
Decus et imperium,
Tu beatae Caterinae
Nobis da consortium.

English translation: 

The strong virgin is beheaded, instead of blood milk flows from her body.

In this manner the bride is united to the groom, (her) body is buried on the mount Sinai by the work of angels.

To you, Christ, splendour of the Father, (come) the dignity and the command, to us may you give the company of the blessed Catherine.

Correspondences in standard ref works: 

Sequence for St. Catherine of Alexandria, AH 55, No. 202, pp. 226-229, st. 22 (variant) and 23-24
splendor patris] laus et honor
decus] virtus

Music incipit (MEI): 

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