O Mary, Well of Purity
Words: Fonteine moeder maghet reine, Dutch Carol of the 15th Century
Words translated by the Rev. John O'Connor
Music: Traditional Dutch Carol
Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #122, p. 23.
1. O Mary, well of
Divinest rose of charity,
Creation's jewel, praise to thee.
2. God gave to thee
His only Son,
Thy portion is the priceless One,
The universal Benison.1
3. Beyond all nature
Thou didst conceive Him in Thy mind
Or ere thy womb His flesh enshrined.
4. In ever growing
straits we all
Had come to grief through Adam's fall,
Till earth was like hell's entrance-hall.
5. Oh! shall we pass
by such a day,
And leave unsung salvation's lay,
Is Jesu's name so hard to say?
6. With heart and
Rebuking Satan's warfare wild,
Sing high the glory of the Child.
7. Of Jesse's root let
praise he flower,
No praise can match her lovely power
That brings us our eternal dower.
Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #122, p. 23.
1. The giving of a “Benison” is the giving of a “Blessing.” Return
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