Matris sub almæ
By Mary’s inspiration led
Author: Vincent Tarozzi (1849-1918).
Meter: Iambic dimeter.
Translation by Father Wallace, O.S.B.
Liturgical Use: Hymn for II Vespers on the Feast of the Seven
- Matris sub almæ
Septena proles nascitur:
Ipsa vocante, ad arduum
Tendit Senari verticem.
- Quos terra fructus proferet
Dum sacra proles germinat,
Uvis repente turgitis
Onusta vitis præmonet.
- Virtute claros nobili
Mors sancta cœlo consecrat:
Tenent olympi limina
Servi fideles Virginis.
- Cohors beata Numinis
Regno potita respice
Quos hinc recedens fraudibus
Cinctos relinquis hostium.
- Ergo, per almæ vulnera
Matris rogamus supplices,
Mentis tenebras disjice,
Cordis procellas comprime.
- Tu nos, beata Trinitas,
Perfunde sancto robore,
Possimus ut feliciter
Exempla patrum subsequi.
- By Mary’s inspiration led,
A sevenfold offspring comes to light;
At Mary’s call away they sped
To Mount Senario’s rugged height.
- What fruits of grace the earth shall bear
When they have sown their seeds divine!
Christ’s vine shall bud with clusters rare,
Empurpled with the ruddy wine.
- A holy death to heaven speeds
The souls with virtue’s glory crowned;
When Mary for her servants pleads,
Heaven’s blessed portals they have found.
- O happy souls who now obtain
The Kingdom, and the scepter bear!
Look down on us who still remain
Where Satan spreads his subtle snare.
- Therefore on bended knee we pray,
For sake of Mary’s bitter grief;
Chase darkness from our mind away,
And give our troubled hearts relief.
- And Thou, O Trinity Divine!
Confirm us in Thy holy grace!
That so we may our hearts incline
To walk in these Thy servants’ ways.
- “Under the fostering care of the Blessed Mother, a
sevenfold progeny comes into being: she calls them, and
they direct their steps to the lofty summit of Mount Senario.”
Proles is the subject of nascitur and tendit.
- “The vine suddenly laden with bursting clusters foreshadows
what rich fruits the earth shall produce when this
sacred progeny expands.” The miraculous vine is referred
to in Hymn 101.
- “A holy death doth consecrate to God those rendered
illustrious by great virtue: the faithful servants of the
Virgin possess mansions in heaven.”
- “O blessed band who have obtained possession of the
Kingdom of God; departing hence, look down on those
whom you leave behind, surrounded by the snares of
- “Suppliantly, therefore, we ask through the wounds
of a loving Mother,—dispel the darkness of our minds, and
restrain the passions of our souls.”
- “Mayest Thou, O Holy Trinity, fill us with Thy
strength, that happily we may be able to follow the example
of the Fathers.”
Copyright Benziger Brothers, 1922. Online Edition Copyright David M. Cheney, 2019.