Cornysh, William: Salve Regina

Salve regina

Salve regina, mater misericordiæ: vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Evæ; ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle. Eia ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende. Virgo mater ecclesiæ, eterna porta gloriæ, esto nobis refugium apud Patrem et Filium. O clemens. Virgo clemens, virgo pia, virgo dulcis, O Maria, exaudi preces omnium ad te pie clamantium. O pia. Funde preces tuo nato crucifixo vulnerato et pro nobis flagellato, spinis puncto, felle potato. O dulcis Maria, salve.

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy; our life, our sweetness, and our hope. We cry to you, exiled children of Eve; we sigh to you, weeping and groaning, in this valley of tears. Come then, our gracious Advocate, turn your merciful eyes upon us. And after this our exile, show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb. Virgin Mother of the Church, eternal gate of glory, be our safe harbour with the Father and the Son. O kindly one, holy and sweet Virgin Mary, hear the prayers of all who devoutly cry to you. Offer our prayers to your Son who for us was crucified and wounded, beaten, pierced by thorns, and made to drink gall. Hail, sweet Mary.

Words: Marian antiphon, attrib. Hermann of Reichenau (1013–54)
Music: William Cornysh (d. 1523)