by Walter Scott, Sir (1771 - 1832)

Ave Maria! maiden mild
Language: English 
Ave Maria! maiden mild,
Listen to a maiden's prayer;
Thou canst hear though from the wild,
Thou canst save amid despair.
Safe may we sleep beneath thy care,
Though banished, outcast, and reviled -
Maiden! hear a maiden's prayer;
Mother, hear a suppliant child! 
Ave Maria! 

Ave Maria! undefiled! 
The flinty couch we now must share,
Shall seem with down of eider piled,
If thy protection hover there. 
The murky cavern's heavy air
Shall breathe of balm if thou hast smiled;
Then, Maiden! hear a maiden's prayer,
Mother, list a suppliant child! 
Ave Maria! 

Ave Maria! Stainless styled! 
Foul dæmons of the earth and air,
From this their wonted haunt exiled,
Shall flee before thy presence fair. 
We bow us to our lot of care,
Beneath thy guidance reconciled;
Hear for a maid a maiden's prayer,
And for a father hear a child! 
Ave Maria!

F. Hensel sets stanza 1
B. Carr sets stanza 1

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Confirmed with The Lady of the Lake. A Poem. By Walter Scott, Esq. The fourth edition. Edinburgh: Printed for John Ballantyne and Co. Edinburgh; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, and W. Miller, London. 1810, pages 136-137.


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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-07
Line count: 27
Word count: 145