Tuesday, 9 September 2008

The Nativity of Our Lady

In slightly belated honour of the Nativity of Our Lady, here is a painting, Dante Gabriel Rossetti's The Girlhood of Mary Virgin, that I am particularly fond of and something I enjoyed singing yesterday...

Ave Maria! O Maiden, O Mother,
Fondly thy children are calling on thee!
Thine are the graces unclaimed by another,
Sinless and beautiful, Star of the sea!

Mater amabilis, ora pro nobis!
Pray for thy children who call upon thee;
Ave sanctissima! Ave purissima!
Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!

Ave Maria! The night shades are falling;
Softly our voices arise unto thee;
Earth's lonely exiles for succor are calling,
Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!

Mater amabilis, ora pro nobis!
Pray for thy children who call upon thee;
Ave sanctissima! Ave purissima!
Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!

Ave Maria! thy children are kneeling,
Words of endearment are murmured to thee;
Softly thy spirit upon us is stealing,
Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!

Mater amabilis, ora pro nobis!
Pray for thy children who call upon thee;
Ave sanctissima! Ave purissima!
Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!

Ave Maria! thou portal of heaven,
Harbour of refuge, to thee do we flee;
lost in the darkness, by stormy winds driven,
Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!

Mater amabilis, ora pro nobis!
Pray for thy children who call upon thee;
Ave sanctissima! Ave purissima!
Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!

2 comments:

  1. Have just found your Blog
    Thank-you a really lovely read after a difficult week
    David

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  2. I'm glad to know that it helped. In a way, that's why it's here. One of my fellow guild members did point out that, even if it has no other effect, it at least keeps us all cheerful while everything falls apart!

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