Poulenc, Francis: Salve Regina

Salve Regina (1941)

Salve Regina, Mater misericordiæ:
Vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Evæ;
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrymarum valle.

Eja ergo, Advocata nostra, illo tuos
misericordes oculos ad nos converte.
Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis virgo Maria.

Hail, Queen, Mother of mercies:
our life, our sweetness, and our hope, hail.
We cry to you, exiled children of Eve;
We sigh to you, mourning and weeping
in this vale of tears.

Come then, our Advocate,
turn your merciful eyes upon us.
And after this exile, show us Jesus,
blessed fruit of your womb.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Words: Antiphon of the Virgin Mary at Compline
Music: Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)