Hail to thee, Mother of sorrows,
Mother of the Word Incarnate.
I pledge to thee, O most chaste,
Virgin ever, Immaculate One—
all that I am, all that I will ever be!
In thy heart, may my heart dwell,
from thy faith, may mine be blessed.
In thine obedience, might I learn
to obey my King and merciful Lord.
Guide me along the path given to me,
lead me always toward righteousness.
Protect me in battle, tend to my wounds
should I fall or stumble in my ways.
To thou, Holy Mother of God, to thou,
my Queen, I give my life, that thou
may present me worthy and acceptable
a servant, to the King of might and glory—
a knight humble, in the service of heaven.
© Richard Keith Carlton