"Ave Maria, Gracia Plena!"
Words: Ave Maria, gracia plena,
from Speier Gesangbuch, 1615
Translation by Rev. George R. Woodward
Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed, Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), #247
1. "Ave Maria, gracia plena!”
So spake the Archangel to Mary the Maiden,
What time in prayer adown she knelt.
2. “Thou shalt conceive and bear in
Thy Babe man and Angel shall bless with good reason,
And hail thee Mother of thy God.”
3. “Good my lord Angel, O for a
How may the thing happen whereof thou hast spoken?
Because that I know not a man.”
4. “Power from on high shall
o’ershadow thee, Mary;
Like dew breathing life on the flower of the prairie,
So shalt thou bear the heav’nly Child.”
5. “After thy word, so be it,” quoth
“The purpose eternal of God cannot vary;
Behold the handmaid of the Lord.”
6. Glory and honour, worship, and
Of thanks be to God, the most High, ever-living,
That shew’d mankind such ample grace.
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