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!
B. Carr sets stanza 1
About the headline (FAQ)
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.
- by Walter Scott, Sir (1771 - 1832), "Hymn to the Virgin", appears in The Lady of the Lake, in 3. Canto Third. The Gathering., no. 29, first published 1810 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Benjamin Carr (1769 - 1831), "Hymn to the Virgin", stanza 1 [voice and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (1805 - 1847), "Ave Maria", also set in German (Deutsch) [ sung text checked 1 time]
Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:
- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Adam Storck (1780 - 1822) , "Hymne an die Jungfrau", appears in Das Fräulein vom See, in 3. Dritter Gesang. Das Aufgebot., first published 1819 CAT DAN DUT FRE FRE FRE GRE ITA ; composed by Emil Genetz, Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, Franz Peter Schubert.
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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-07
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Word count: 145