The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Ave Maris Stella

Words and Music: English Traditional, Fifteenth Century
Compare: Ave Maria Stella (Chambers and Sidgwick; Wright)

Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), p. 8.

1. Ave maris stella,
    The star on the sea,
Dei mater alma
    Blessed may she be!

2. Atque semper virgo,
    Pray thy Son for me,
Felix celi porta,
That I may come to thee.

3. Gabriel, that archangel,
    He was messenger,
So fair he greeted our Lady,
    With an ave so clear.

4. Hail be thou, Mary,
    Be thou, Mary,
Full of Godės grace,
    And queen of mercy!

5. All that are to greet
    Withouten deadly sin,
Forty days of pardon
    God granteth him.

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