Spotless Anna, Juda’s glory,
Through the Church from east to west
Every tongue proclaims thy praises,
Holy Mary’s mother blest!
Saintly kings and priestly sires
Blended in thy sacred line;
Thou in virtue all before thee
Didst excel by grace divine.
Link’d in bonds of purest wedlock,
Thine it was for us to bear,
By the favour of high heaven,
Our immortal Virgin star.
From thy stem in beauty budded
Ancient Jesse’s mystic rod;
Earth from thee received the mother
Of the eternal Son of God.
All the human race benighted
In the depths of darkness lay,
When in Anne it saw the dawning
Of the long-expected day.
Henry Formby, ed., First Series of Hymns and Songs for the Use of Catholic Schools and Families (London: Burns and Lambert, 1853).