Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Maternity of Our Lady, Lauds

O gracious Mother of our God,
Give ear unto our suppliant prayer,
From all the cruel demon’s wiles,
Protect us with maternal care.

For the sad fall of Adam’s race,
Which followed our first parents crime,
The Sovereign King of Heaven hath raised
Thee to thy Motherhood sublime.

O mercifully then look down,
From Heaven, on Adam’s fallen line,
And may thy Son, besought by thee,
Relax avenging wrath Divine.

Jesus, to Thee be glory given,
Whom erst the Virgin Mother bore,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
Through endless ages evermore. Amen.

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