Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Saint Mary the Virgin
Let today above all other
Brightly shine; of Jesu's Mother
Now we celebrate her fame;
For, the Virgin Mary praising,
We today our songs are raising,
Bringing honor to her name.
All Earth's daughters she excelleth;
In the heav'ns where now she dwelleth
Christ her loveliness doth own;
Virgin, yet her Maker bearing,
In a mystery past comparing,
Maid and matchless Mother shown.
Unto our Creator glory,
Unto Christ, whose earthly story
With our Lady's is entwined;
Glory to the Spirit ever
Sing we with our best endeavor
All our strength of heart and mind.
Latin, 12th cent.; tr. T .I. Ball; alt.
Tune: COBB (18.104.22.168.8.7.)
Gerard F.Cobb, 19th cent.
Four Years Ago: Ye who claim the faith of Jesus
Three Years Ago: Hail, holy Queen
Two Years Ago: Sing, sing, ye angel bands
One Year Ago: Virgin-born, we bow before thee