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Ave maris stella (anon, Biffoli-Sostegni)


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Source: Biffoli-Sostegni manuscript, Brussels, Bibliothèque du Conservatoire Royal, MS 27766

Transposition: up fifth from original.

Difficulty: moderate

Length: 04:38 mins.

Editors/copyright: Laurie Stras © 2019.

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Text and translation

Vespers hymn, feasts of the BVM

Ave, maris stella, Dei mater alma,
atque semper virgo, felix cœli porta.
Sumens illud «Ave» Gabrielis ore,
funda nos in pace, mutans Evæ nomen.
Solve vincla reis, profer lumen cæcis,
mala nostra pelle, bona cuncta posce.
Monstra te esse matrem, sumat per te precem
qui pro nobis natus tulit esse tuus.
Virgo singularis, inter omnes mitis,
nos culpis solutos mites fac et castos.
Vitam præsta puram, iter para tutum,
ut videntes Jesum semper collætemur.
Sit laus Deo Patri, summo Christo decus,
Spiritui Sancto honor, tribus unus. Amen.

Hail, star of the sea, nurturing Mother of God,
and ever Virgin, happy gate of Heaven.
Receiving that greeting from the mouth of Gabriel,
Establish us in peace, transforming the name of Eve.
Loosen the chains of the guilty, send forth light to the blind,
our evil do thou dispel, entreat (for us) all good things.
Show thyself to be a Mother: through thee may he receive prayer
who, being born for us, undertook to be thine own.
O unique Virgin, meek above all others,
set free from (our) sins, make us meek and chaste.
Bestow a pure life, prepare a safe way:
that seeing Jesus, we may ever rejoice.
Praise be to God the Father, to the Most High Christ (be) glory,
to the Holy Spirit honour, to the Three equally. Amen