Ave Maria! O Maiden, O Mother (Laurence Ampleforth)

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Editor: Frank Lee (submitted 2015-12-17).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 96 kB   Copyright: CC BY
Edition notes: Descant kindly written by Simon Brown of King's College School, Cambridge, for the Wren Choir on the occasion of the Mass for the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

General Information

Title: Ave Maria! O Maiden, O Mother,
Composer: Laurence Ampleforth
Lyricist: Sister Mcreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1912

Description: "Laurence Ampleforth" is a pseudonym of Dom. (Thomas) Anselm Burge, 1846-1929. "Sister M." is a pseudonym of an unknown lyricist. Originally published as Hymn 126 of the Westminster Hymnal 1912 - https://archive.org/details/westminsterhymna00londuoft

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Original text and translations

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1. 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!

2. Ave Maria, the night shades are falling,
softly, our voices arise unto thee;
earth’s lonely exiles for succour are calling,
sinless and beautiful Star of the sea.

3. 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.

4. Ave Maria, thou portal of Heaven,
harbour of refuge to thee we do flee:
lost in the darkness,
by stormy winds driven,
shine on our pathway,
fair Star of the Sea!