A Poor Brother's Hymnal
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
  Alma Redemptoris Mater
Latin lyrics Modern English translation

Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia caeli
Porta manes, et stella maris, succurre cadenti,
Surgere qui curat, populo: tu quae genuisti,
Natura mirante, tuum sanctum Genitorem
Virgo prius ac posterius, Gabrielis ab ore
Sumens illud Ave, peccatorum miserere.

Loving Mother of our Savior, hear thou thy people's cry
Star of the deep and Portal of the sky!
Sinking we strive and call to thee for aid:
Mother of Him who thee made from nothing made.
Oh, by that joy which Gabriel brought to thee,
Thou Virgin first and last, let us thy mercy see.

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