M275 Ave verum corpus : Ave mater salvatoris

Standardised text incipit: 
Ave verum corpus : Ave mater salvatoris
Standardised composer: 
Attribution notes: 
Part of hybrid mass-motet cycle (C68) attributed to "F. Gafforus" in I-Mdf 2; "custodes" at the end of the Sanctus point to the present motet.
Reference source: 
I-Mfd 2, ff. 134v-135r
Number of voices: 
4
Mensuration: 
Length: 
129
Signature: 
-
Clefs: 
c1c3c4c4
Final: 
G
Music incipit: 
ffgfaagf
ddcdaacd
aagaffga
dfedfded
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: 
-
Literature: 
, 102-103
Further notes: 

Text details

Standardised text incipit: 
Ave verum corpus : Ave mater salvatoris
Liturgical/devotional association: 
Corpus Christi
Marian feasts and observances
Full text: 

Ave verum corpus factum
Sine viri semine.
Ave verbum patris natum
Ex Maria virgine.

Christi sanguis ave, caeli sanctissime potus.
Unda salutaris crimina nostra lavans.

Caro cibus, sanguis potus
Manes tamen Christe totus
Sub utraque specie

Ave mater salvatoris,
Vas electum, vas honoris
Vas caelestis gratiae.

Salve rosa sine spina
flos es florum.

In hac valle nos protege,
O Maria tu nos pasce
Et hora mortis suscipe.

English translation: 

Hail true body made without intervention of man.
Hail word of the Father born from the virgin Mary.

Hail blood of Christ, o most holy drink of Heaven, wave of salvation which washes away our sins.

Flesh becomes food, blood becomes drink, yet, you still remain completely Christ in both natures.

Hail, mother of the Saviour, chosen vessel, vessel of honor, vessel of celestial grace.

Hail, rose without thorn, you are the flower of all flowers.

In this valley protect us, o Mary nourish us and receive us at the hour of our death.

Correspondences in standard ref works: 

Ave verum...virgine - compare In elevatione corporis Christi, MONE 1, No. 213, pp. 280-281:
Ave verum corpus natum
ex Maria virgine
vere passum, immolatum
in cruce pro homine.

Christi...lavans = MONE 1, No. 214, pp. 281-282, 5-6; RH 1, No. 3050, p. 181, st. 2

Caro...specie = Sequence for Corpus Christi Lauda Sion, AH 50, No. 385, pp. 584-585, st. 6b
manes] manet
Christe] Christus

Ave mater...gratiae = Marian sequence attr. to Adam of St. Victor, AH 54, No. 245, pp. 383-386, st. 1
Ave] Salve

Music incipit (MEI): 

Sources with this motet