M073 Ave decus virginale

Standardised text incipit: 
Ave decus virginale
Standardised composer: 
Attribution notes: 
unanimously attr. to Compère as part of C14b (see Further notes).
Reference source: 
I-Mfd 3, ff. 127v-128r
Number of voices: 
5
Mensuration: 
 
 
Length: 
57
Signature: 
-
Clefs: 
c1c4c4c4f4
Final: 
D
Music incipit: 
..acafgf
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..acafag
......ac
acdafffd
Pre-existing melodies (Cantus prius facti): 

This motet possibly quotes pre-existing material, but it can not be linked to any Cantus prius factus with a corresponding text.

Modern editions: 
CMM 15.2; AMMM 13, 84-88
Literature: 
Discography: 
Further notes: 

The shorter cycle C14a, whose three component motets (M071, M072 and M074) are concordant with motets in the present cycle, is attributed to "Loyset" in I-Mfd 1, index (see the record for fuller details). Therefore, the present motet has been unanimously attributed to Compère as part of C14b: see for instance FINSCHER 1964, 92.

Text details

Standardised text incipit: 
Ave decus virginale
Liturgical/devotional association: 
Marian feasts and observances
Full text: 

Ave decus virginale
Templum dei speciale
Per te fiat veniale
Omne quod committimus.

O domina piissima,
Omni laude dignissima
Fac nos digne te laudare,
Venerari et amare.

O domina deo cara
Stirpe decens et praeclara
Sed meritis praeclarior.

O domina dominarum,
O regina reginarum
Propter tuam pietatem
Pelle nostram paupertatem.

O preclara stella maris
Quae cum deo gloriaris
Nos ad portum fac venire
Nunquam sinas nos perire.

English translation: 

Hail, virginal splendor, special temple of God, through you may every sin we committ be forgivable. 

O most pious lady, worthiest of every praise, make us praise you worthily, venerate, and love. 

O lady dear to God, becoming and beautiful in lineage, but more beautiful through [your] merits.

O lady of ladies, o queen of queens, banish our poverty through your compassion.

O beautiful star of the sea, you who pride yourself with God, allow us to come to haven, never allow us to perish.

Correspondences in standard ref works: 

Ave ... committimus = Marian sequence Ave virgo gratiosa (related with Ave virgo gloriosa), AH 54, No. 278, pp. 419-422, st. 7

O domina ... perire ≈ the following items:
Marian prayer Ave regina coelorum / clarum iubar supernorum, AH 32, No. 27, pp. 43-47, st. IX/7, IX/9, X/1 and XI/1

O domina piissima, / Omni laude] O virgo nobilissima / dulcissima
nos] me
Venerari et amare] Tecum semper habitare
praeclarior] preclarior / Moribusque nobilior
o regina] tu regina
pietatem] dignitatem
pelle nostram paupertatem] Et meam malignitatem
cum deo] in aevum
Nos] Me
Numquam sinas nos] Neques sinas me

Marian prayer O Maria mater Dei, AH 46, No. 129, p. 172, st. 5, 6 and 9 (better correspondence, but for one entirely missing st.)
domina] Maria
nos] me
O domina deo ... praeclarior] no correspondence
Pelle nostram] Tolle meam
Nos ad portum fac] Fac me ad portum
nos] me

Music incipit (MEI): 

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