M030 Ave stella matutina

Standardised text incipit: 
Ave stella matutina
Standardised composer: 
Attribution notes: 
"Gaspar" (I-Mfd 1)
In cycle(s): 
Reference source: 
I-Mfd 1, ff. 116v-117r
Number of voices: 
Music incipit: 
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 106.4; AMMM 11, 8-12; DRAKE 1972

Compère: Missa Galeazescha: Music for the Duke of Milan. Odhecaton, Paolo Da Col, Arcana-Outhere, 2017.

Further notes: 

See also information on this cycle as part of the Gaspar van Weerbeke Project.

Text details

Standardised text incipit: 
Ave stella matutina
Liturgical/devotional association: 
Marian feasts and observances
Full text: 

Ave stella matutina,
Vita nostra, lux divina,
Lucens omne saeculum.

Nos defende a ruina,
Quae es vera medicina
peccatorum omnium.

Aures tuas nunc inclina,
Cum pietatis sis regina
Audi nostra cantica,

Quibus tibi nostros duces
Supplicamus ita duces
Omni cum familia,

Ut ducendo semper tui
Sint et possint post haec duci
Tecum ad celestia.

O gloriosa, o benedicta caeli regina, audi, exaudi nos, virgo Maria. Amen.


English translation: 

Hail, morning star, our life, divine light, illuminating the whole world.

Defend us from ruin, you who are true medicine for all sinners.

Incline your ears now, for you are the queen of compassion, hear our songs.

Through them we pray you to guide our rulers along with their entire household

in such a way that, while they lead, they always be yours, and so that they can afterwards be lead to the heavens with you.

O glorious, o blessed queen of heaven, hear us, listen to us, Virgin Mary. Amen.


Correspondences in standard ref works: 

No direct correspondence in a standard ref work could be found.

Related texts in other sources: 

Aures tuas nunc inclina] cf. Ps 16, 6; Ps 30, 3; Ps 70, 2; 2. Reg 19

Further notes: 

Although the rhyme scheme and some stock phrases recall contemporary sequences, this text has not been found, as such, in reference works or other sources.

According to CMM 106.4, xlix, "The insisting references to rulers’ (duces) and leaders’ guidance (duces, ducendo, duci) suggest that the motet could have been composed for a specific occasion or performance event, possibly for the Duke of Milan himself".

Music incipit (MEI):