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Modryb Marya
The English text was written by the Rev. Robert Stephen Hawker (1803-1875), the celebrated Vicar of Morwenstow. Hawker notes that the terms "Aunt" and "Uncle" were used in Cornwall, as they continue to be in the East, not only to denote kinship, but as a term of respect. Thus Modryb Marya or "Aunt Mary" was long used as a term of respect in Cornwall for the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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Cornwall's answer to the great gothic cathedrals of France J. L. Pearson's masterpiece, Truro Cathedral, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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