The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Glorious Lady, Throned On High

Words: O gloriosa feminaI, Venantius Fortunatus, 6th Century
Translation from
The Hymner

For Mary, The Mother of Jesus

Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed, Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), # 211

1. O Glorious Lady, throned on high
Above the star-illumined sky;
Thereto ordainíd, thy bosom lent
To thy Creator nourishment.

2. Through thy sweet Offspring we receive
The bliss once lost through hapless Eve;
And heavín- to mortals open lies
Now thou art Portal of the skies.

3. Thou art the Door of heavínís high King,
Lightís Gateway fair and glistering;
Life through a Virgin is restored;
Ye ransomíd nations, praise the Lord.

4. All honour, laud and glory be,
O Jesu, Virgin-born, to thee:
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete. Amen.

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