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Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

A hymn to the Virgin
Language: Multiple Languages 
Available translation(s): GER
Of on that is so fayr and bright
    Velut maris stella,
Brighter than the day is light,
    Parens et puella:
Ic crie to the, thou see to me,
Levedy, preye thi Sone for me,
    Tam pia,
That ic mote come to thee

Al this world was for-lore
    Eva peccatrice,
Tyl our Lord was y-bore
    De te genetrice.
With ave it went away
Thuster nyth and comz the day
The welle springeth ut of the,

Levedy, flour of alle thing,
    Rose sine spina,
Thu bere Jhesu, hevene king,
    Gratia divina:
Of alle thu ber'st the pris,
Levedy, quene of paradys
Mayde milde, moder es

M. Howard sets stanzas 1, 3
E. Rubbra sets stanzas 1, 3

Confirmed with Quiller-Couch, Arthur Thomas, Sir. The Oxford Book of English Verse, Oxford: Clarendon, 1919.

GLOSS: on] one. levedy] lady. thuster] dark. pris] prize.

Modernized version (used by Britten) :
Of one that is so fair and bright
  Velut maris stella,
Brighter than the day is light,
  Parens et puella:
I cry to thee, thou see to me,
Lady, pray thy Son for me
  Tam pia,
That I may come to thee.

All this world was forlorn
  Eva peccatrice,
Till our Lord was y-born
  De te genetrice.
With ave it went away
Darkest night, and comes the day
The well springeth out of thee.

Lady, flow'r of ev'rything,
  Rosa sine spina,
Thou bare Jesu, Heaven's King,
  Gratia divina:
Of all thou bear'st the prize,
Lady, queen of paradise
Maid mild, mother es Effecta.


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Loblied auf die Jungfrau Maria", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Text added to the website: 2010-03-26 00:00:00
Last modified: 2018-06-22 11:57:06
Line count: 27
Word count: 108

Loblied auf die Jungfrau Maria
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Multiple Languages 
Von einer, die so hell und rein,  
    Leitstern überm Meere,
lichter als des Tages Schein,
    Gottesmutter hehre:
Ich ruf zu Dir, du sorgst für mich,  
bei deinem Sohne bitt für mich, 
    Du Fromme, 
Dass ich dir darf nahen mich,
    zu Maria komme.

Alle Welt, sie war verlorn, 
    Durch Evas Verstoß, 
Bis uns ward der Herr geborn  
    aus der Mutter Schoß. 
Mit „Ave“ schwand die düstre Nacht, 
du hast uns den Tag gebracht 
    Der Menschen Heil; 
dir entspringt der Tugendquell, 
    der uns zuteil.

Mutter, aus dir alles sprosst, 
    Rose dornenlos gepriesen, 
gebarst uns Jesus, aller Trost, 
    Gottes Gnade dir erwiesen: 
Dir gebührt allein der Preis, 
Königin des Paradeis, 
Milde Magd, die Gott


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Text added to the website: 2018-06-22 00:00:00
Last modified: 2018-06-22 11:56:48
Line count: 27
Word count: 120