The most famous Antiphony dedicated to Mary. Of course it refers to her as queen, but its author, Adhémar de Monteil, bishop of Puy in the 11th century, also called her mother of mercy, whose merciful eyes are cast upon us. In the 12th century, Saint Bernard, the famous Notre Dame worshiper, added the last three tender invocations.
Click here to listen to the Salve Regina in the version most often sung at Notre-Dame de Paris, or click here to listen to the Gregorian version sung by the cathedral school’s choirs, led by Denis Rouger .
Salve, Regína, Máter misericórdiæ
Víta, dulcédo, et spes nóstra, sálve.
Ad te clamámus, éxules, fílii Hévæ.
Ad te suspirámus, geméntes et flentes
in hac lacrimárum válle.
Eia ergo, Advocáta nóstra,
íllos túos misericórdes óculos
ad nos convérte.
Et Jésum, benedíctum frúctum véntris túi,
nóbis post hoc exsílium osténde.
O clémens, O pía, O dúlcis Vírgo María.
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy.
our life, our sweetness and our hope!
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping
in this vale of tears
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us.
And after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.