Ave Maria! O Maiden O Mother!

“Ave, Maria! O Maiden, O Mother,”

fondly thy children are calling on thee!

Thine are the graces unclaimed by another,

Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!

Mater amabilis, ora pro nobis! 

Pray for thy children who call upon thee;

Ave, sanctissima! Ave, purissima!

Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!

Ave Maria! The night shades are falling;

softly our voices arise unto thee;

earth’s lonely exiles for succor are calling,

Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!

Mater amabilis, ora pro nobis! 

Pray for thy children who call upon thee;

Ave, sanctissima! Ave, purissima!

Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!

Ave, Maria! thy children are kneeling,

words of endearment are murmured to thee;

softly thy spirit upon us is stealing,

Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!

Mater amabilis, ora pro nobis! 

Pray for thy children who call upon thee;

Ave, sanctissima! Ave, purissima!

Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!

Ave, Maria! thou portal of heaven,

harbor of refuge, to thee do we flee;

lost in the darkness, by stormy winds driven,

Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!

Mater amabilis, ora pro nobis! 

Pray for thy children who call upon thee;

Ave, sanctissima! Ave, purissima!

Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!

Richard Runciman Terry (1865-1938)
                           editor of 
The Westminster Hymnal (1912)

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