this morning to Matt Carver's latest offering over at Hymnoglypt. The hymn O starker Gott celebrates the saints of God (mostly Old Testament, with a few New Testament ones). Most interesting is the stanza on the blessed Virgin:
32. MARIA allein,
ein Jungfrau rein,
Christum auf Erdreich,
Gottes Sohn ganz heilig,
durch den wir selig
dem alle Ding mächtig
sie bleibt Jungfrau und Mutter Gottes ewig.
Matt rendered it as follows:
32. MARY, pure virgin, was by grace alone
Chosen to give birth to God’s Son
In womb so lowly,
Jesus Christ most holy,
Who alone could save—
To Him her flesh she gave,
Remaining ever virgin, God’s true Mother.
So the Lutherans of the 16th century sang about this particular saint. I cannot praise highly enough Matt's work in translating for us. Explore his site and feast on the goodies!