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The Madonna in Sorrow, by Sassoferrato (1609-1685)

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Traditional Latin text; English translation from The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church


1.  At the cross her vigil keeping,

stood the mournful mother weeping,

where he hung, the dying Lord:

there she waited in her anguish,

seeing Christ in torment languish,

in her heart the piercing sword.

2.  With what pain and desolation,

with what grief and resignation,

Mary watched her dying son.

Deep the woe of her affliction,

when she saw the crucifixion

of the sole begotten one.

3.  Him, who saw for our salvation

mocked with cruel acclamation,

scourged, and crowned with thorns entwined;

saw him then from judgment taken,

and in depth by all forsaken,

till his spirit he resigned.

4.  Who, on Christ’s dear mother gazing,

pierced by anguish so amazing,

born of woman, would not weep?

Who, on Christ’s dear mother thinking,

such a cup of sorrow drinking,

would not share her sorrows  deep?

5.  Jesus, may her deep devotion

stir in me the same emotion,

Fount of love, Redeemer kind;

that my heart fresh ardor gaining,

and a purer love attaining,

may with thee acceptance find.

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