English Words for Salve, Mater Misericordiae
  • oldhymnsoldhymns
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    I am looking for the English words for verses 3 through 6 of Salve, Mater Misericordiae. In Bragers' CHANT SERVICE BOOK, there are six Latin verses for this hymn. In the PIUS X HYMNAL, an version of the hymn is included with two verses in English. Does anyone know where I may locate the additional four verses in English?
  • CGM
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    There is a literal (not a metrical/singing) translation of the refrain and three verses (vv. 1, 2, 6) here.

    Similarly, there is a literal (not a metrical/singing) translation of five of the six verses (vv. 1-4 & 6, but curiously not of the refrain) in this Vatican Mass booklet.

    Finally, there is a very loose (and somewhat verbose) translation of the fifth verse here — search for the word "beatam" and you'll find the fifth verse (Latin, in italics) followed by its English paraphrase.
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  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    Paging Kathy Pluth.
  • My recollection is that the 1964 Peoples Mass Book (published by what was then known as World Library of Sacred Music) had a version, with perhaps the first line of, "Holy Mary, Mother Most Merciful." I have not found this online. I am uncertain how many verses there are, and I seem to recall that it is more a paraphrase, rather than a strict translation.
    The Richard Proulx version only has two verses. https://www.giamusic.com/store/search?elTuneName=salve mater misericordiae
    The Pius X Hymnal (Marier et al) has two verses (perhaps the same as the Bragers... English by C. J. McNaspy).
    And then there is this, which honestly says that it is a new hymn https://www.redemptoristsesker.ie/2017/01/salve-mater-a-new-hymn/
    A public domain accompaniment is found in the Accompaniment to the Justine Ward Hymnal https://books.google.com/books/about/Hymnal_Accompaniments.html?id=Sjj2OTP2G4AC
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  • oldhymnsoldhymns
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    Thanks very much, Roborgelmeister. This is interesting and helpful.
  • rich_enough
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    A literal translation of the refrain and all six verses can be found on pp. 96f of Adrian Fortescue's Latin Hymns (pp. 54f of the pdf).
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  • oldhymnsoldhymns
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    Thanks, Rich. This is a great help!
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