Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Commons of Virgins, Lauds

Jesus, of virgins pure the Crown,
O hear our prayer, Redeemer mild,
By her conceived who erst alone,
As Virgin Mother, bore a Child.

Thou walk’st amid the lilies white,
A Spouse with brightest glory clothed,
Encircled by the virgins choir,
Giving rewards to Thy betrothed.

Where’er Thou goest, the Virgin throng
All follow, closely circling round,
Singing they run, and with sweet hymns,
Make Heaven’s lovely vaults resound.

Kneeling to Thee, we humbly pray,
Grant us our senses here below,
So to control, that they in life,
Nought of corruption’s wounds may know.

Be power, honour, glory, praise,
To God the Father, and the Son,
And to the Holy Paraclete,
While ages upon ages run. Amen.

– translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, C.O., Bishop of Nottingham, England