Gateway to the Classics: Oxford Book of English Verse, Part 1 by Arthur Quiller-Couch
Oxford Book of English Verse, Part 1 by  Arthur Quiller-Couch

A Hymn to the Virgin

Of on that is so fayr and bright

Velut maris stella,

Brighter than the day is light,

Parens et puella:

Ic crie to the, thou see to me,

Levedy, preye thi Sone for me,

Tam pia,

That ic mote come to thee


Al this world was for-lore

Eva peccatrice,

Tyl our Lord was y-bore

De te genetrice.

With ave  it went away

Thuster nyth and comz the day


The welle springeth ut of the,


Levedy, flour of alle thing,

Rose sine spina,

Thu bere Jhesu, hevene king,

Gratia divina:

Of alle thu ber'st the pris,

Levedy, quene of paradys


Mayde milde, moder es


— Anonymous
c. 1300   

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