Lyrics to the Christmas carol Ave Maria. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus, Et benedictus fructus ventris tui , Ventris tui, Jesus. Ave Maria! Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, Ora pro nobis peccatoribus, Ora, ora pro nobis; Ora, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, Nunc et in hora mortis, In hora mortis nostrae.
The English version of this original Latin prayer
I was preparing Ave Maria for a church service and thought this info might be useful for other musicians. However, the music was instantly inspirational to listeners, so Latin text was substituted in time to make it suitable for church services. It was written for voice and piano and first Published in as Op 52 no 6. In this particular excerpt from the poem the heroine, Ellen Douglas, is in hiding and prays to the Virgin Mary.
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The version written by Franz Schubert is widely sung at Catholic masses and other Christian religious ceremonies: and its text is a literal translation into Latin of the famous "Hail Mary" prayer. The text is said to be a direct quote from the Archangel Gabriel, when he descends from heaven and appears to the Virgin Mary , telling her she has been blessed to carry the lord, Jesus Christ , within her womb. Like most books in the New Testament, Luke was originally written in Koine Greek, a language common to the diaspora Christian communities in the eastern Mediterranean. The prayer's eventual evolution into Latin began nearly 1, years ago and likely took or more years to reach its current form. Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
It is one of Schubert's most popular works. Beyond the song as originally composed by Schubert, it is often performed and recorded by many singers under the title " Ave Maria " the Latin name of the prayer Hail Mary , and also the opening words and refrain of Ellen's song, a song which is itself a prayer to the Virgin Mary , in musically simplified arrangements and with various lyrics that commonly differ from the original context of the poem. It was arranged in three versions for piano by Franz Liszt. In Scott's poem the character Ellen Douglas, the Lady of the Lake Loch Katrine in the Scottish Highlands , has gone with her exiled father to stay in the Goblin's cave as he has declined to join their previous host, Roderick Dhu, in rebellion against King James. Roderick Dhu, the chieftain of Clan Alpine, sets off up the mountain with his warriors, but lingers and hears the distant sound of the harpist Allan-bane, accompanying Ellen who sings a prayer addressed to the Virgin Mary , calling upon her for help. Roderick Dhu pauses, then goes on to battle. Schubert's arrangement is said to have first been performed at the castle of Countess Sophie Weissenwolff in the little Austrian town of Steyregg and dedicated to her, which led to her becoming known as "the lady of the lake" herself. The opening words and refrain of Ellen's song, namely " Ave Maria " Latin for "Hail Mary" , may have led to the idea of adapting Schubert's melody as a setting for the full text of the traditional Roman Catholic prayer " Ave Maria ". The Latin version of the "Ave Maria" is now so frequently used with Schubert's melody that it has led to the misconception that he originally wrote the melody as a setting for the "Ave Maria".