Hymns in English

Ave Maris StellaAve Maria, Virgo serenaAve, Regína caelórumBring Flowers to the FairestConcórdi lætítiaHail Holy QueenIn een so duystere nachteJesu, sweete, be not wrothNe had the apple taken beenO SanctissimaO Maria, Virgo DavilicaPeperit VirgoRecordare, Virgo MaterRegína caeli laetáreSalve Virgo SingularisSalve Virgo VirginumSing to Mary DailyTe gestiéntem gáudiis


Ave Maris Stella 

Hail, O Star of the ocean,
God's own Mother blest,
ever sinless Virgin,
gate of heav'nly rest.

Taking that sweet Ave,
which from Gabriel came,
peace confirm within us,
changing Eve's name.

Break the sinners' fetters,
make our blindness day,
Chase all evils from us,
for all blessings pray.

Show thyself a Mother,
may the Word divine born for us thine
Infant hear our prayers through thine.

Virgin all excelling,
mildest of the mild,
free from guilt preserve us
meek and undefiled.

Keep our life all spotless,
make our way secure
till we find in Jesus,
joy for evermore.

Praise to God the Father,
honor to the Son,
in the Holy Spirit,
be the glory one.
Amen.

Note: this hymn dates to at least the 9th c.

Top


Ave Maria, Virgo Serena

Hail Mary,
full of grace.
May the Lord be with thee,
O serene Virgin.
Hail, whose conception,
full of solemn joy,
fills the heaven, the earth, with new rejoicing.

Hail, whose birth was our solemn feast,
as the light-bringing rising sun
didst thou come before the true sun.
Hail, blessed humility,
fertility without a man,
whose annunciation was our salvation.

Hail, true virginity,
unspotted chastity,
whose purification was our purging.
Hail, foremost with all angelic virtues,
whose assumption was our glorification.
O Mother of God, remember me.
Amen.

Top


Ave, Regína caelórum

Hail, O Queen of Heav'n enthroned!
Hail by Angels mistress owned!
Root of Jesse, gate of morn,
Whence the world's true Light was born.
Glorious Virgin,
joy to thee,
Loveliest whom in heaven they see!
Fairest thou where all are fair!
Plead with Christ our sins to spare.

Top


Bring Flowers to the Fairest

Bring flow'rs of the rarest,
From garden and woodland
And hillside and vale;
Our full hearts are swelling,
Our Glad voices telling
The praise of the loveliest
Rose of the vale.

O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May,
O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May.

Our voices ascending,
In harmony blending,
Oh! Thus may our hearts turn
Dear Mother, to thee;
Oh! Thus shall we prove thee
How truly we love thee,
How dark without Mary Life's journey would be.

O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May, O Mary!
we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May. O Virgin most tender,

Our homage we render,
Thy love and protection,
Sweet Mother, to win;
In danger defend us,
In sorrow befriend us,
And shield our hearts
From contagion and sin.

O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May,
O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May.

Of Mothers the dearest,
Oh, wilt thou be nearest,
When life with temptation
Is darkly replete?
Forsake us, O never!
Our hearts be they ever
As Pure as the lilies
We lay at thy feet.

O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May,
O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May.

This hymn is sung during the "May Crowning" -- the crowning of a statue of Mary in May.

Top


Concórdi lætítia

Sounds of joy have put to flight
All the sadness of the night:
Now a maid beyond compare
Hears her praises fill the air:
Virgo María.

Who is she whom angels sing,
Making all creation ring?
She it is who wins our priase,
As on earth our voice we raise:
Virgo María.

Queen of virgins, Maiden mild,
Hear me, take me for your child.
Ever my protector be;
Bring eternal life to me:
Virgo María.

Mighty Godhead, Three in One,
While eternal ages run,
Look to Mary, full of grace,
And forgive the human race:
Virgo María.
Amen

Top


Hail, Holy Queen 

Hail, Holy Queen enthroned above,
O Maria!
Hail, Mother of mercy and of love,
O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

Our life, our sweetness here below,
O Maria!
Our hope in sorrow and in woe,

O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

To thee do we cry, poor sons of Eve, O Maria!
To thee we sigh, we mourn, we grieve, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, O Maria!
Towards us thine eyes compassionate, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina! O Maria!

When this our exile is complete, O Maria!
Show us thy Son, our Jesus sweet, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

O clement, gracious Mother sweet, O Maria!
O virgin Mary we entreat, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

Top


In a night so dark (incomplete)

Hail! Hail full of faith
Hail Mary.
Cause above all women,
Thy be pure and sweet.
Hail! Of sorrow and mourning
thy should release us from.
Our ship thy could keep,
and pay our guilt.

So we see approach
the cate of holiness,
We, the friends of the Virgin
Are speaking up with gracefullness
Faith, gratefull, praise
are God in eternity;
Who has to cure us
prepared the Virgin

Johan Stlapers van der Wiele (1579-1630)
Den schat der geestelijcke Lofsangen

Top


Jesu, sweete, be not wroth

Jesu, sweete, be not wroth,
Though I n’ave clout ne cloth
Thee on for to fold,
Thee on to folde ne to wrap,
For I n’ave clout ne lap;
But lay though thy feet to my pap
And wite thee from the cold.

Anonym, 1375, Ireland

Top


Ne had the apple taken been

Ne had the apple taken been,
The apple taken been,
Ne hadde never Out Lady
A been Heavens's Queen.
Blessed be the time
That apple taken was.
Therefore we may singen
"Deo Gratias!"

Anonyme, 15th Century

Top


O Sanctissima

Virgin, full of grace, purest of our race,
Here your children, O Mary! Maiden of gladness, banish our sadness;
Pray for us, O pray for us, O Mary.

Mary, plead for us, intercede for us; Hope of sinners,
O Mary! You are the portal to life immortal;
Pray for us, O pray for us, O Mary.

Queen of saints above, wondrous in your love,
Hope of sinners, O Mary! Show us, O Mother, Jesus, our Brother
Pray for us, O pray for us, O Mary.

Star of ocean bright, splendor in the night, Guide us homeward,
O Mary! Help, we implore you, Your sons before you;
Pray for us, O pray for us, O Mary.

Top


O Maria, Virgo Davitica

O Mary, virgin of David's kin,
flower of virgins,
sole hope of life, way of pardon,
light of grace, mother of clemency,
alone you command in Heaven's vault,
armies obey you,
alone you sit on the throne of glory,
shining, full of divine grace,
the star at your sight stands mute,
sun, moon at your power;
you who all the noonday brightness
conquer with your countenance
Queen, soften your son,
whose daughter, by miracle, you are,
lest we be condemned,
but let him grant the reward of eternal life.

Top


Peperit Virgo

A virgin gave birth
A royal virgin
Mother of orphans
Full of grace
Alleluia, alleluia

Top


Recordare, Virgo Mater

Remember, Virgin Mary,
when you stand in the presence of God,
to speak well of us so
as to turn his wrath from us.

Top


Regína caeli laetáre

O Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia!
For He whom thou wast made worthy to bear, alleluia!
Hath risen again, as He said, alleluia!
Pray for us to God, alleluia!

Top


Salve Virgo Singularis

Hail extraordinary Virgin,
Virgin who remains beside God,
heart of the Father
generated before every century.
Let's adore Him
who took his flesh of his mother.

Top


Salve Virgo Virginum

Hail virgin of virgins
Hail holy parent
Thou has conceived the lord
O virgin lacking sin
Hail virgin of virgins
Hail holy parent

Thou art the salvation of the faithful
Hail holy parent
Believing in christ
O virgin lacking sin
Hail virgin of virgins
Hail holy parent

Be thou the aid
Hail holy parent
(The aid) of those following thee
O virgin lacking sin
Hail virgin of virgins
Hail holy parent

Top


Sing to Mary Daily,

daily sing to Mary,
Sing, my soul, her praises due.
All her feasts, her actions worship
With the heart's devotion true.
Lost in wond'ring contemplation,
Be her Majesty confess'd.
Call her Mother, call her Virgin,
Happy Mother, Virgin blest.

She is mighty to deliver.
Call her, trust her lovingly.
When the tempest rages round thee,
She will calm the troubled sea.
Gifts of heaven she has given,
Noble Lady, to our race.
She, the Queen, who decks her subjects
With the light of God's own grace.

Sing, my tongue,
the Virgin's trophies
Who for us her Maker bore.
For the curse of old inflicted,
Peace and blessing to restore.
Sing in songs of peace unending,
Sing the world's majestic Queen.
Weary not nor faint in telling.
All the gifts she gives to men.

Top


Te gestiéntem gáudiis

Virgin Mother, of thee we sing
Telling the joys thy Child did bring,
The woes that pierced thy heart so sore,
The glory that hath clothed thee o'er.

Hail! joyous blessed Mother one
Who did conceive so great a Son,
Did visit with Him, gave Him birth,
Offered Him, found Him, here on earth.

Hail! chief of martyrs, in thy heart
Bearing, as't were thine own, the smart
Of thy Son's agony, the blows,
The thorns, the cross He undergoes!

Hail, queen! thou dost in glory shine;
Thy Son's triumphal days are thine;
The Spirit's fires thy soul delight;
Thine is the heavenly realm so bright!

O come, ye peoples, gather ye
Roses from every mystery!
Weave ye your crowns to praise above
The glorious Mother of fair love.

Glory, O Lord, be given to Thee,
Who of a Virgin deigned'st to be :
May the same praise for ever greet
The Father and the Paraclete.

Amen.

Top

More Information

International Marian Research Institute

300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 

Connect