Daily, daily sing to Mary

Daily, daily sing to Mary. Henry Bittleston* (1818-1886), from the ‘Hymn of Saint Casimir’ probably by Bernard of Cluny* (12th century). The Latin hymn from which this translation is taken is part 7 of a cycle of hymns, the Mariale, beginning ‘Ut jucundas cervus undas, aestuans desiderat’. In the course of a careful discussion of possible authorship, James Mearns* comes down on the side of Bernard of Cluny as the most likely author (JJ, pp. 1200-1202). Section vii of the Mariale begins ‘Omni die, dic Mariae, mea, laudes, anima’. A selection from this poem was found in the grave of Saint Casimir of Poland (1458-1484), and for many years he was regarded as the author. The translation by...

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