Our Lady of Britannia

 

 

Thou stood on Newgate Arch and graced Pendragon’s shield

Cardigan bore thy taper and Walsingham thy seal

Humbly we now beseech thee as at thy feet we kneel:

Our Lady of Britannia, ora pro nobis!

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From Scotia’s misty moors, to Albion’s fertile plains,

From Cambria’s mountain climes, to Erin’s emerald glens,

We offer thee these lands to be thy own again

Our Lady of Britannia, ora pro nobis!

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When Alfred led his warriors to battle for the land

Within the White Horse Valley, thou gave him strength to stand

Seven Swords were pierced through thy heart, and one was in thy hand

Our Lady of Britannia, ora pro nobis!

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Thy hands are in the Highlands to show us how to pray

Thy footprints are in Cornwall to guide us in Christ’s ways

Direct us, Holy Virgin, if God forbid we stray

Our Lady of Britannia, ora pro nobis!

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Thy beads hung from the sword-belts of Locksley’s Merry Men

Thy hymns were sung by choirs, O Mother Free from Sin

This land was once thy Dowry; pray make it so again

Our Lady of Britannia, ora pro nobis!

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Thy name was oft times chanted by peasants and bold knights

Preparing for the harvest, or arming for the fight

Though centuries have elapsed, thou’st kept us in thy sight

Our Lady of Britannia, ora pro nobis!

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Thou art the Dove of Peace for Ulster’s troubled sons,

The Queen of Thorns and Blossoms, whose seat was Avalon

Look down on us from Heaven, Most Highly Favored One

Our Lady of Britannia, ora pro nobis!

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Through persecution’s fury, thou still remained the same,

A constant source of succor to those who called thy name

Thou art the Gilded Lamp that held the Burning Flame

Our Lady of Britannia, ora pro nobis!

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Recall the martyrs’ deaths in Christ’s own imitation

Come rack and then come rope, they braved the tribulation

The ruby blood they shed cries out in supplication:

Our Lady of Britannia, ora pro nobis!

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Remember these, thy isles, amidst the stormy sea

O may they stand united, a stronghold for the free

But foremost make them faithful to Jesus Christ and thee

Our Lady of Britannia, ora pro nobis!

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By Avellina Balestri

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