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Anonym (XIII c.)
Anonym - Mother of God
Mother of God
Mother of God, Virgin, by God glorified Mary,
From your son, our Lord, chosen mother, Mary!
Win over for us, send to us.
Son of God, for the sake of your Baptist,
Hear our voices, fulfill man's intentions.
Hearken to the prayer that we offer,
And deign to give us what we ask for:
On earth, a pious sojourn,
After life, heavenly residence.
Translated by Michael Mikoś
The oldest text of the two-stanza song with music, published here, is preserved as manuscript 1619 in the Cracow Jagiellonian Library (
). Some time after 1407, it was placed in the end-papers of the codex binding that contained the autograph of Latin holiday sermons by Maciej of Grochów, the then vicar of Kcynia. Most probable dating: middle of the thirteenth - beginning of the fourteenth century. The most important variants of the song are published in the monumental edition
. Philological introduction by Jerzy Woronczak. Linguistic introduction by Ewa Ostrowska. Musical editor Hieronim Fecht. Wrocław: 1962 (Biblioteka Pisarzów Polskich. Seria A nr 1).