Notker Balbulus

The Hymnbook
The Proper of the Saints

For the Nativity of Mary
8th September

[N.33] "Stirpe Maria regia"



O Mary, thou who art born of kingly stock, who bearest Jesus our King, who art worthy of the praise of holy angels, do thou watch over us sinners that are devoted to thee!

Thou shewest the devout customs of thy fathers in thyself, but exceedest the same.

The wisdom of thy father Salomon shineth in thee, and the heart of Ezechias, upright before God, but never to be corrupted in thee.

The piety of thy father Josias hath filled thee.

Likewise hath the faith of the highest patriarch, thy father, possessed thee utterly.

But why do we count those heroes, when thy Son precedeth them all, and everyone throughout the earth?

On this day, o Virgin, do thou guard us that are gathered before thee – this day on which thou didst come forth into the world’s light to bear the heavens’ beacon!


Richard L. Hewitt
Notker's Hymnbook in Three Languages

Kamuzu Academy, Malawi
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