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Super te Ierusalem/Sed fulsit virginitas/PRIMUS TENOR/DOMINUS
This is either an English piece or a Continental one to which a fourth part has been added to produce a characteristically English triadic sonority. The text flows from the Triplum to the Duplum and therefore a sequential performance would have been possible, but we have opted for a simultaneous one with the lower two parts vocalized. Note the major triad which ends the piece, unthinkable in French music of the thirteenth century.
Super te Jerusalem de matre virgine ortus est in Bethleem deus in homine; ut gygas substancie processit gemine virginis ex utero sine gravamine. Non fuit feconditas hec viri semine …
… sed fulsit virginitas de sancto flamine. Ergo, pie virginis flos, pie domine, da medelam criminis matris pro nomine ne nos preda demonis simus pro crimine quos preciosi sanguinis emisti flumine.
Over you, Jerusalem, God has arisen, becoming man of a virgin mother in Bethlehem; he came forth like a giant of twin substance from the virgin’s womb without pain. This fertility was not caused by the seed of a man …
… but her virginity took flame from the holy fire. Therefore, O merciful lord, flower of a merciful virgin, give us the remedy for our sin for the sake of your mother’s name lest we, whom you have bought with the river of your precious blood, become the devil’s prey through sin.