The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Star Of Ocean Fairest

Words: Ave maris stella, Attibuted to Venantius Fortunatus, 6th Century
Translation by T. I. Ball

For Mary the Mother of Jesus

Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed, Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), # 209

1. "Star of ocean fairest,
Mother, God who barest,
Virgin thou immortal,
Heaven’s blissful portal.

2. Ave thou receivest,
Gabriel’s word believest;
Change to peace and gladness
Eva’s name of sadness.

3. Loose the bonds of terror,
Lighten blinded error;
All our ills repressing,
Pray for every blessing.

4. Mother's care displaying,
Offer him thy praying,
Who when born our Brother,
Chose thee for his Mother.

5. Virgin, all excelling,
Gentle past our telling;
Pardon’d sinners render
“Gentle, chaste and tender.

6. In pure paths direct us;
On our way protect us;
Till, on Jesus gazing,
We shall join thy praising.

7. Father, Son eternal,
Holy Ghost supernal,
With one praise we bless thee,
Three in one confess thee. Amen.

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