O Rose That Ne’er Doth Wilt Nor Fade

So I got inspired recently to write a hymn to Our Lady- and here’s what developed:

O Rose that ne’er doth wilt nor fade,
O Virgin Mary Blessed:
New Eve whose ‘yea’ undoth the Fall
Thy praises now we sing!

O Immaculate Conception
Who in thy mother’s womb
Knew’st not the taste of sin’s dark taint
That joy might be renewed

O Morning Star, O Virgin dear,
Forerunner of the Dawn:
Thy birth announcèd unto earth
The dawning Righteous Sun

Ark of God’s Covenant most pure
O’ershadowed by the Lord
Thy womb like to the Ark of old
Became God’s dwelling place!

True Burning Bush, consumed by God
Yet ne’er burnt nor destroyed
The Most High overshadowed thee
And thou conceived the Word!

Truly thou art Jacob’s ladder:
The path from heav’n to earth
For through thee Christ our God came down
When thou thy ‘fiat’ spoke.

True Mother and True Virgin Blessed
Thou didst in Bethlehem
Give birth to Jesus Christ our God:
The dawning of our joy!

O Holy Mother Sorrowful
Who didst on Calv’ry’s height
See Sim’eon’s prophecy fulfilled:
Grief’s sword hath pierced thy heart

O Daughter of Zion, rejoice!
For on that great Third Day
Thy sorrows turned unto great joy,
Thy Son in vict’ry rose!

Hail thou great Mother of the Church
Who in the upper room
Received the Spirit’s outpouring
On that first Pentecost

Hail thou who when thy life was done
Wast raised to life anew,
In soul and body taken home:
Christ’s promise’s firstfruits

O Mary thine Assumption is
A sign of hope most sure:
The image of the Christian hope
Of new, perfected life.

O Woman clothèd with the sun
And crowned with twelve bright stars
The universe rejoices now
To see thee as its Queen.

With angel hosts and all the saints
We join in song below
For thou dost reign with Christ our King,
O humble Virgin pure!

O Rose that ne’er doth wilt nor fade!
O Mother of our God,
Pray for us as we toil on through
Our pilgrim Christian life.

Words: Noah Townsend, Copyright 2012.
Tune: “Winchester Old” Thomas Est, 1592. 

This song is designed to be sung either as a whole, extolling the life of the Blessed Mother, or with specific verses for different feasts throughout the year. The latter would follow the following pattern:

First Verse:
O Rose that ne’er doth wilt nor fade,
O Virgin Mary Blessed:
New Eve whose ‘yea’ undoth the Fall
Thy praises now we sing!

Middle Verse(s):
See below according to feast day

Closing verse:
O Rose that ne’er doth wilt nor fade!
O Mother of our God,
Pray for us as we toil on through
Our pilgrim Christian life.

(December 8 – The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception)
O Immaculate Conception
Who in thy mother’s womb
Knew’st not the taste of sin’s dark taint
That joy might be renewed

(September 8 – The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
O Morning Star, O Virgin dear,
Forerunner of the Dawn:
Thy birth announcèd unto earth
The dawning Righteous Sun

(March 25 – The Solemnity of the Annuncaition)
Ark of God’s Covenant most pure
O’ershadowed by the Lord
Thy womb like to the Ark of old
Became God’s dwelling place!

True Burning Bush, consumed by God
Yet ne’er burnt nor destroyed
The Most High overshadowed thee
And thou conceived the Word!

Truly thou art Jacob’s ladder:
The path from heav’n to earth
For through thee Christ our God came down
When thou thy ‘fiat’ spoke.

(Christmastide – particularly Jan 1, the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God – probably appropriate for Compline [not Mass])
True Mother and True Virgin Blessed
Thou didst in Bethlehem
Give birth to Jesus Christ our God:
The dawning of our joy!

(During Lent – Probably appropriate for Compline [not Mass])
O Holy Mother Sorrowful
Who didst on Calv’ry’s height
See Sim’eon’s prophecy fulfilled:
Grief’s sword hath pierced thy heart

(During Eastertide- Probably appropriate for Compline [not Mass])
O Daughter of Zion, rejoice!
For on that great Third Day
Thy sorrows turned unto great joy,
Thy Son in vict’ry rose!

(The Solemnity of Pentecost – Probably appropriate for Compline [not Mass])
Hail thou great Mother of the Church
Who in the upper room
Received the Spirit’s outpouring
On that first Pentecost

(August 15 – The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Hail thou who when thy life was done
Wast raised to life anew,
In soul and body taken home:
Christ’s promise’s firstfruits

O Mary thine Assumption is
A sign of hope most sure:
The image of the Christian hope
Of new, perfected life.

(August 22 – The Feast of the Queenship of Mary)
O Woman clothèd with the sun
And crowned with twelve bright stars
The universe rejoices now
To see thee as its Queen.

With angel hosts and all the saints
We join in song below
For thou dost reign with Christ our King,
O humble Virgin pure!

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About Noah

musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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