Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, The Immaculate Conception, 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 demons cannot storm,
Star of the shipwrecked, kind and bright,
Protect us from all devilish frauds,
And guide us by thy Heavenly light.

Darkness of error 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,
For endless ages evermore. Amen.

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