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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Matins Hymn for Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Quem terra, pontus, aethera
by St. Venantius Fortunatus (530-609)
tr. John Mason Neale
(This hymn is also sung on Saturdays on which the Mother of God is commemorated.)

The Lord Whom earth and sea and sky
adore and praise and magnify,
who o'er their three-fold fabric reigns,
the Virgin's spotless womb contains.

And He Whose will is ever done
by moon and seas, by stars and sun,
is borne upon a maiden's breast,
whom God's foreseeing grace possessed.

How blest that Mother, in whose shrine
the very Word of God divine,
the maker of the earth and sky,
was pleased in fleshly form to lie.

Blest in the message Gabriel brought,
blest in the work the Spirit wrought,
blest evermore, who brought to birth
the long Desired of all the earth.

O Jesus, Virgin-born, to Thee
eternal praise and glory be,
Whom with the Father we adore
and Holy Spirit, evermore.


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