This hymn is used for Matins for Marian feasts throughout the year in the Common of Saints for the BVM in the Extraordinary Form. It is used for Office of Readings in the Commons for the BVM in the Ordinary Form.
The Lord, whom earth, and sea, and sky,
With one adoring voice proclaim;
Who rules them all in majesty;
Enclos’d Himself in Mary’s frame.
Lo! in a humble Virgin’s womb,
O’ershadowed by Almighty power;
He whom the stars, and sun, and moon,
Each serve in their appointed hour.
O Mother blest! to whom was given
Within thy body to contain
The Architect of earth and Heaven,
Whose hands the universe sustain:
To thee was sent an Angel down;
In thee the Spirit was enshrin’d;
Of thee was born that Mighty One,
The long-desir’d of all mankind.
O Jesu! born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to Thee;
Praise to the Father infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally.
Words: ascr. St. Venantius Fortunatus, 6th C.; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, 1849.
Tune: “Conditor” Proper Sarum melody, Mode IV.
The original Latin text (Quem Terra, Pontus, Sidera) of this hymn may be found here.