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

To Heaven our Saviour did prefer
The happy Virgin’s Sacred Womb,
Where God Himself, man’s fragile limbs,
And mortal body, did assume.

This Virgin did for us bring forth
The Author of our bliss in Heaven,
Who sufferings and the Cross endured,
And His own Blood for us hath given.

All anxious fears let gladdest hope
Drive altogether from our breast,
For to her Son our prayers and tears
Are offered, by this Virgin blest.

The Son His Mother’s words doth hear,
He granteth all for which she prays,
Then her let each one always love,
And ask her aid in troubled days.

To the Most Holy Trinity,
All glory be for ever given,
Who hath the Virgin Mother’s Womb
Enriched with lovely Fruit from Heaven. Amen.

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