1 Virgin mother, daughter of your Son,
2 more humble and sublime than any creature,
3 fixed goal decreed from all eternity,
4 you are the one who gave to human nature
5 so much nobility that its Creator
6 did not disdain His being made its creature.
7 That love whose warmth allowed this flower to bloom
8 within the everlasting peace was love
9 rekindled in your womb; for us above,
10 you are the noonday torch of charity,
11 and there below, on earth, among the mortals,
12 you are a living spring of hope. Lady,
13 you are so high, you can so intercede,
14 that he who would have grace but does not seek
15 your aid, may long to fly but has no wings.
16 Your loving-kindness does not only answer
17 the one who asks, but it is often ready
18 to answer freely long before the asking.
19 In you compassion is, in you is pity,
20 in you is generosity, in you
21 is every goodness found in any creature.
22 This man who from the deepest hollow in:
23 the universe, up to this height, has seen
24 the lives of spirits, one by one now pleads
25 with you, through grace, to grant him so much virtue
26 that he may lift his vision higher still
27 may lift it toward the ultimate salvation.
-- Dante, Paradiso, Canto XXXIII