Translation © by David Wyatt

Ave, maris stella
Language: Latin 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FIN FRE GER
Ave, maris stella,
Dei mater alma,
Atque semper virgo,
Felix coeli porta.

Sumens illud Ave
Gabrielis ore,
funda nos in pace,
mutans Hevae nomen.

Solve vincula reis:
Profer lumen caecis,
Mala nostra pelle,
Bona cuncta posce.

Monstra te esse matrem:
sumat per te preces,
qui pro nobis natus,
tulit esse tuus. 

Virgo singularis,
inter omnes mitis,
nos culpis solutos,
mites fac et castos.

Vitam praesta puram,
Iter para tuum,
Ut, videntes Iesum,
Semper collaetemur. 

Sit laus Deo Patri,
Summo Christo decus,
Spiritui sancto;
Tribus honor unus.

E. Grieg sets stanzas 1, 3, 6-7


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Lau Kanen) , "Wees gegroet, sterre der zee", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , "Hail, star of the sea", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 28
Word count: 86

Hail, star of the sea
Language: English  after the Latin 
Hail, star of the sea,
Dear mother of God
And always a virgin,
The blessed gate of heaven.

Taking up that "Hail!"
From the lips of Gabriel,
Switching round Eve's name,
Firmly establish us in peace.

Loose the chains from sinners,
Hold out light to the blind,
Drive our ills away,
Ask all good things for us.

Show that you are a mother:
Let him accept our prayers through you
Who was born for us
And is called your son.

Unique virgin,
Mild above all others,
Make us, freed from our sins,
Mild and chaste.

Grant us a pure life,
Prepare the way to you,
So that, seeing Jesus,
We may always rejoice with you.

Praise be to God the Father,
Glory to Christ on high,
And to the Holy Spirit --
One honour to the three.


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This text was added to the website: 2012-10-25
Line count: 28
Word count: 136