The Thirteenth of May - European lyrics

This hymn is an English-language translation of António Botto's "Avé de Fátima" AKA "A treze de Maio". The translator is unknown.

It is set to the tune FATIMA's COVE.

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The thirteenth of May
In the Cove d'Iria,
Appeared oh so brilliant
The Virgin Maria.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria,
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!

The Virgin Maria
Encircled by light;
Our own dearest Mother
And heaven's delight.

To three shepherd children
Our Lady appeared
The light of her grace
To her Son, souls endeared.

With war and its evils
The whole world was seething,
And countless of thousands
Were mourning and weeping.

By honouring Mary
And loving her Son
The peace of the world
Will most surely be won.

ABC Notation:

T:Thirteenth of May / Treze de Maio
Z:abc-transcription ,
D | "G" G G B | "G" d d B | "G" d d B | "D" A A B |
"C" c c A | "G" B B G | "D" A A D | "G" G G D |
"G" B2 A | "G" G2 G | "Am" A "G" B "D" c | "D/A" A2 D |
"C" d2 c | "G" B2 G | "Am" A D B | "G" G2 z |]

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  1. Do I need copyright permission to sing and play 'In Fatima's Cove' in our Church?

    1. Probably not: most countries have a copyright exemption which lets you play and sing almost anything inside a church as part of a worship service.

      This doesn't cover printing the words, though. And this is where things get tricky. I haven't been able to find out who translated them into English or when the English version was first published. Because of that we cannot know for certain if they are now in the public domain or not. And if they are not, then legally you should get copyright permission - but again, I have not been able to find out who you could get permission from.


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