This is the text of this hymn as it appears in the 10th edition (1906) of the St. Basil’s Hymnal (1889) where it is listed under “Blessed Virgin Mary”:
Hail, Queen of heav’n, the ocean Star,
Guide of the wand’rer here below!
Thrown on life’s surge we claim thy care,
Save us from peril and from woe,
Mother of Christ, Star of the sea,
Pray for the wanderer, Pray for me!
O gentle, chaste, and spotless Maid,
We sinners make our prayers thro’ thee
Remind thy Son that He has paid
The price of our iniquity,
Virgin most pure, Star of the sea,
Pray for the sinner, O pray for me!
Sojourners in this vale of tears,
To thee, blest Advocate, we cry,
Pity our sorrows, calm our fears,
And soothe with hope our misery
Refuge in grief, Star of the sea,
Pray for the mourner, O pray for me!
And while to Him who reigns above,
In God-head one, in persons Three,
The source of life, of grace, of love,
Homage we pay on bended knee—
Do thou bright Queen, Star of the sea,
Pray for thy children, pray for me!
Words: Fr. John Lingard, 1771–1851.
Tune: “Stella” Old English Melody.*
*This is the traditional tune for this hymn. This appears to be the tune the St. Basil’s Hymnal uses, although the tune is unnamed as is customary for that hymnal.
A recording of this hymn sung by a choir may be found here.