Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Purity of Our Lady, Vespers

Of virgins Guardian renowned,
O Virgin Mother of thy God,
Gate of the Heavenly Court, our hope,
And Joy of Heaven’s blest abode.

O beauteous Lily among thorns,
O fairest Dove in innocence,
O Plant that bearest, as thy Fruit,
The Cure of all mankind’s offence.

O Tower the demon cannot storm,
Star of the shipwrecked, kind and bright,
Protect us from all devilish frauds,
And guide us by thy Heavenly light.

Shadows of darkness drive away,
From dangerous whirlpools keep us clear,
And guide our sea-tost wanderers barque
Along a course we need not fear.

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