Gabriel, That Angel Bright
Regina celi, letare
Words: English Traditional, Fifteenth Century
1. Gabriel, that angel bright,
Brighter than the sun is light,
From heaven to earth he took his flight.
2. In Nazareth, that great city,
Before a maiden he kneeled on knee,
And said, "Mary, God is with thee.
3. "Hail, Mary, full of grace,
God is with thee and ever was;
He hath in thee chosen a place.
4. Mary was afraid of that sight,
That came to her with so great light.
Then said the angel that was so bright,
5. "Be not aghast of least nor most,
In thee is conceived the Holy Ghost,
To save the souls that were for-lost.
Regina celi, letare is translated by Rickert as "Queen of Heaven, rejoice."
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