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Omni die, dic Mariae

Omni die, dic Mariae. Latin, probably by Bernard of Cluny* (12th century). This is a selection of lines from ‘Ut jucundus cervus undas, aestuans desiderat’ (from Psalm 42: 1), the opening of a cycle of poems known as the Mariale. The authorship of the cycle is uncertain, but James Mearns*, after assessing all the evidence, attributed it to Bernard of Cluny (JJ, pp. 1200-1202). Section 7 of the Mariale began ‘Omni die, dic Mariae, mea, laudes, anima’. For Catholics it is notable as the Latin text from which ‘Daily, daily sing to Mary’*, by Henry Bittleston*, is taken. Another translation is ‘From day to day, sing loud thy lay’, by John Wyse*, found in the Dominican Hymn Book (1881) and in...

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