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Devotions to the Virgin Mary, continued.

Hymn, Ave virgo virginum stella matutina, continued.

The author asks that, as in shame we lament our sorrows, the Virgin may enlighten our hearts, cleanse us of sin and make us part of heaven. In this dark vale of misery there are many kinds of foulness among men, whose bodies are contaminated by the sins they have committed. Tears are no help, unless people fear that their enemies are all around them and worldly deceit is everywhere, seducing them. The author asks the Virgin to direct our minds to her, raise the fallen, console the fearful, set right those who have strayed and guide those of us who seek her and believe in her.

Burnet Psalter image.  Aberdeen University Library 1998

Et flentes.\

Et flentes doloribus mente verecunda,\
Lumen nostris cordibus infunde fecunda.
Viciorum sordibus nos benigne munda,\
Iunge nos celestibus Maria iocunda.\

In hac valle.\

In hac valle misera multum tenebrosa,\
Hominum sunt genera plurimum fedosa,\
Nam eorum corpora sunt contagiosa,\
Propter facta scelera et obprobriosa.\


Lacrimarum rivuli non prosunt vel aque,\
Quin senes et parvuli et plebs unaquaque,\
Timeant quod emuli querant circumquaque,\
Et fraus huius seculi trahat usquequaque.\

Eya ergo.\

Eya ergo dirige ad te nostras mentes,\
Atque lapsos erige conforta trementes,\
Et errantes corrige te pie querentes,\
Miseros nos dirige in te confidentes.\


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