Mary immaculate, star of the morning

Mary immaculate, star of the morning. F.W. Weatherell, dates unknown. This hymn was printed in The Book of Hymns with Tunes (1910), edited by Samuel Gregory Ould* and William Sewell, but in the opinion of Wesley Milgate* (1982), it ‘may well be earlier’. Milgate also states that it was in the Westminster Hymnal (1912), but it has not been found there. It was certainly in WH (1940), and Milgate describes it as ‘very popular’. It begins with the image of Mary as the stella matutina, star of the morning, and celebrates the coronation of the Blessed Virgin in stanza 2. The remained of the hymn is a moving prayer for pity and protection:  Mary immaculate, star of the morning,   Chosen before...

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