Benjamin Britten

Of one who is so fair and bright
Velut maris stella,   [Like a star of the sea]
Brighter than the day is light,
Parens et puella:   [Both mother and maiden]
I cry to thee, thou see to me,
Lady, pray thy Son for me,
Tam pia,   [so pure]
That I may come to thee.
Maria!   [Mary]

All this world was forlorn,
Eva peccatrice,   [because of Eve, a sinner]
Till our Lord was yborn,
De te genetrice.   [through you, his mother]
With ave it went away,
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 bare Jesu, heaven's king,
Gratia divina:   [by divine grace]
Of all thou bearest the prize,
Lady, queen of paradise
Electa:   [chosen]
Maid mild, mother
es effecta.   [you are made]

anonymous poet ca. 1300; The Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1900

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