Hymn to the Virgin – Benjamin Britten

At Mass today (the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God) the choir sang this beautiful piece by Britten.

Of one that is so fair and bright, velut maris stella, (as the star of the sea)
Brighter than the day is light, parens et puella: (mother and daughter)
I cry to thee, thou see to me,
Lady, pray thy Son for me, tam pia, (so holy)
That I might come to thee. Maria! (Mary)
All this world was forlorn, Eva peccatrice, (because of sinful Eve)
Till our Lord was y-born, de te genetrice. (of you, his mother)
With ave it went away (hail)
Darkest night and comes the day Salutis; (of salvation)
The well springeth out of thee, Virtutis. (of virtue)
Lady, flower of everything, Rosa sine spina, (rose without thorn)
Thou bear Jesu, heavens king, Gratia divina: (by divine grace)
Of all thou bear’st the prize,
Lady, queen of paradise Electa: (chosen one)
Maid mild, mother es effecta. (you are made)


About Joshua Michael

Writer. Catholic. Fan of John Henry Newman and the Inklings.
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