A Hymn to Our Lady by Edgar Allen Poe

I’d like to thank Dan Guenzel, a long-time friend of Saint Benedict Center, for sending this poem for us today.

"[Hymn]" in Poe's tale "Morella", manuscript, 1833

by Edgar Allan Poe

Sancta Maria! turn thine eyes
Upon the sinner's sacrifice
Of fervent prayer and humble love,
From thy holy throne above.

At morn, at noon, at twilight dim
Maria! thou hast heard my hymn.
In joy and wo, in good and ill
Mother of God! be with us still.

When my hours flew gently by,
And no storms were in the sky,
My soul, lest it should truant be —
Thy love did guide to thine and thee.

Now, when clouds of Fate o'ercast
All my Present, and my Past,
Let my Future radiant shine
With sweet hopes of thee and thine.