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Intercessory prayer to the Blessed Virgin, commonly ascribed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), probably because it was popularized by Claude Bernard, the "Poor Priest" (1588-1641). The real author is unknown. Early texts have been known since the fifteenth century. Frequently indulgenced by the popes, there is now a partial indulgence for its recitation. A standard English version reads: "Remember, O most gracious virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O virgin of Virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen." (Etym. Latin memorare, to call to mind.)