CANTICLES IN HONOR OF MARY by ST. BONAVENTURE (6)

 

A CANTICLE LIKE THAT OF MOSES (DEUT. XXXII)

Hear, ye heavens, what I shall speak of Mary: let the earth hear the words
of my mouth.

Magnify her together with me: and let us exalt her name forever and ever.

O wicked and perverse generation: acknowledge our Lady for thy salvatrix.

Is she not thy mother, who hath possessed thee: and generated thee in
faith?

If thou leavest her, thou art not the friend of the supreme Caesar: for
without her He will not save thee.

Would that thou couldst understand, and be wise: and provide for thy last
end!

As an infant without a nurse cannot live: so thou canst not have salvation
without Our Lady.

Let thy soul thirst for her, hold her, and do not let her go: until she has
blessed thee.

Let thy mouth be filled with her praises: sing her magnificence the whole
day long.

Glory be to the Father, etc.

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