Thou Crown of All the Virgin choir!

This hymn is used for Vespers and Lauds in the Common of a Virgins in the Both Forms (Though in the Ordinary Form it’s use for Lauds is for Multiple Virgins only). 

Thou Crown of all the Virgin choir!
That holy Mother’s Virgin Son!
Who is, alone of womankind,
Mother and Virgin both in one!

Encircled by thy Virgin band,
Amid the lilies Thou art found;
For thy pure brides with lavish hand
Scattering immortal graces round.

And still, wherever thou dost bend
Thy lovely steps, O glorious King,
Virgins upon thy steps attend,
And hymns to thy high glory sing.

Keep us, O Purity divine,
From every least corruption free;
Our every sense from sin refine,
And purify our souls for Thee.

To God the Father, and the Son,
All honour, glory, praise, be given;
With Thee, O holy Paraclete!
Henceforth by all in earth and Heaven.

Words: attr. St. Ambrose, 4th C.; tr. Fr. Edward, Caswall, C.O., 1849.
Tune:Jesu Dulcis Memoria” Köln Gesangbuch, 1619.
Meter: 88.88

The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.


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