A Hymn to the Virgin

by Benjamin Britten

Of one that is so fair and bright Velut maris stella,
Brighter than the day is light, Parens et puella:
I cry to thee, thou see to me,
Lady, pray thy Son for me Tam pia,
That I may come to thee. Maria!

All this world was forlorn Eva peccatrice,
Till our Lord was y-born De te genetrice.
With ave it went away Darkest night,
and comes the day Salutis
The well springeth out of thee. Virtutis.

Lady, flow’r of ev’rything, Rosa sine spina,
Thou bare Jesu, Heaven’s King, Gratia divina:
Of all thou bear’st the prize, Lady,
queen of paradise Electa:
Maid mild, mother es Effecta.

Benjamin Britten performing Britten: