Hail, Queen Of Heaven, The Ocean Star

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 su
rge 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.*
Meter: 8.8.8.8.8.8

*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.

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Holy Mary, Mother Mild

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”:

Holy Mary, Mother mild,
O, sweet, sweet Mother!
Hear, O hear thy feeble child,
O, sweet, sweet Mother!
Chorus:
O, exult ye Cherubim!
And rejoice ye Seraphim!

Praise her! praise her!
O praise our spotless Mother!

Tossed on life’s tempestuous sea,
O, sweet, sweet Mother!
Cast thy tender eyes on me,
O, sweet, sweet Mother!
Chorus.

Brightest in the courts above,
O, sweet, sweet Mother!
Joy of angels, Queen of love,
O, sweet, sweet Mother!
Chorus.

Maiden Mother! hear my prayer
O, sweet, sweet Mother!
Prove to us thy loving care
O, sweet, sweet Mother!
Chorus.

Words: W. Dressler, 19th C.
Tune (St. Basil’s Hymnal): Unnamed Tune.
Meter: 7.5.7.5.7.7.4.7

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Sweet Lady Of The Sacred Heart

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”:

Sweet Lady of the Sacred Heart,
Thy peerless Virgin charms
Moved Jesus from His heav’nly throne
To rest within thine arms,
Moved Jesus from His heav’nly throne,
To rest within thine arms.
Chorus:
Sweet Lady, Sweet Lady,
Sweet Lady of the Sacred Heart.

Sweet Lady of the Sacred Heart,
What joy thy bosom filled,
When close to thine thy Infant’s Heart,
In gentle pulses thrilled.
When close to thine thy Infant’s Heart,
In gentle pulses thrilled.
Chorus.

Sweet Lady of the Sacred Heart,
From Jesus’ open side,
On thee the water and the Blood
Flowed as a saving tide.
On thee the water and the Blood
Flowed as a saving tide.
Chorus.

Sweet Lady of the Sacred Heart,
Proclaim thy power above,
From Jesus’ wounds send piercing darts,
Transfix our souls with love.
From Jesus’ wounds send piercing darts,
Transfix our souls with love.
Chorus.

Words: Sisters of Notre Dame, 19th C.
Tune (St. Basil’s Hymnal): Unnamed Tune.
Meter: 8.6.8.6.8.6.6.8

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Ave Maria, Guardian Dear

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”:

Chorus:
Ave Maria, guardian dear,
Bright Mother of the blest,
Over life’s sea thy children steer
Unto the port of rest,
Unto the port of rest.

Be our guardian, be our stay,
While darkness rides its round;
Keep us till the morning ray
Wake again our anthem sound.
Chorus.

Mother, taintless, undefiled
Sinless let our slumbers be,
Mother of the sinless Child
Hear the prayer we raise to thee.
Chorus.

Thou hast made our desert bloom;
Mary deign to hear our prayer;
If tonight we seek the tomb,
Shine upon the desert there.
Chorus.

Words: Anonymous, 19th C.
Tune (St. Basil’s Hymnal): Unnamed Tune by Lambillotte.
Meter: 7.7.7.7 (Chorus: 8.6.8.6(.6))

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Hail, Holy Queen, Loved Mother To Thee

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, holy Queen! loved Mother, to thee
We weak erring mortals in safety can flee;
O’er sin and temptation salvation is won,
Thou interceding with Jesus thy Son.
Virgin most pure, without spot, without stain;
Thine were all sorrows, anguish and pain.

Sweet bells are pealing thro’ eve’s rosy air,
Sancta Regina, oh, list to our prayer;
Falling night’s shadows o’er valley and sea,
Bright Star of evening, our tho’ts turn to thee.
Shield us, loved Mother, in peril’s dread hour,
Pray for thy children, and sweet blessing pour.

Like the lone star whose bright beaming ray
Guided the sages their devious way,
Where on thy bosom was nestled the dove,
While angels rejoicing smiled from above.
Bright Star of evening, our dark gloom dispel,
Guide us to heaven with Jesus to dwell.

Words: Anonymous, 19th C.
Tune (St. Basil’s Hymnal): Unnamed Tune.
Meter: 10.10.10.10.10.10

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Dal Tuo Celeste Trono

This is a hymn to Mary, Mother of Mercy by St. Alphonsus Liguori.

This is the original Italian text of this hymn as it appears in an 1880 edition of St. Alphonsus’ Opere Ascetiche, Vol. I. It appears in the Canzoncine Spirituali section with the header “A Maria nostra Regina, madre di misericordia.”:

Dal tuo celeste trono,
Maria, rivolgi a noi
Pietosa i sguardi tuoi
Per una volta sol.

E se a pietade il core
Poi mover non ti senti,
Allor noi siam contenti,
Che non ci guardi più.

Mira, che rei di morte
Siam noi col tuo Signore;
Mira, che ‘l suo bel core
Con noi sdegnato sta.

Ma se tu vuoi placarlo,
Basta una tua parola:
Bella Maria: tu sola
Puoi farci perdonar.

O eccelsa e gran Regina,
Se vuoi salvarci, digli
Solo, che siam tuoi figli,
Ch’egli n’avrà pietà.

Per tante colpe è vero,
Degni non siam più noi
D’esser più figli tuoi,
Ma tu sei madre ancor.

Apri quel tuo bel manto,
In cui senza timore
Starem, se con amore,
Madre, ci accogli tu.

O Madre dolce e cara,
Ascolta chi ti chiama –
Salva, o Maria, chi t’ama,
E tanto fida in te.

Words: St. Alphonsus Liguori, 1696-1787.
Tune: “Dal Tuo Celeste Trono” Italian melody.
Meter: Irreg.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
Look Down, O Mother Mary!

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Look Down, O Mother Mary!

This is the original text of this hymn as it appears in Hymns & Verses on Spiritual Subjects: Being the Sacred Poetry of St. Alphonso Maria Liguori (1863). It is listed as a hymn to Mary, the Mother of Mercy:

Look down, O Mother Mary!
From thy bright throne above;
Cast down upon thy children
One only glance of love.

And if a heart so tender
With pity flows not o’er,
Then turn away, O Mother!
And look on us no more.

See how, ungrateful sinners,
We stand before thy Son;
His loving heart upbraids us
The evil we have done.

But if thou wilt appease Him,
Speak for us,—but one word;
Thou only canst obtain as
The pardon of our Lord.

O Mary, dearest Mother!
If thou wouldst have us live,
Say that we are thy children,
And Jesus will forgive.

Our sins make us unworthy
That title still to bear:
But thou art still our Mother,
Then show a Mother’s care.

Open to us thy mantle;
There stay we without fear:
What evil can befall us
If, Mother, thou art near?

O sweetest, dearest Mother!
Thy sinful children save;
Look down on us with pity,
Who thy protection crave.

Words: St. Alphonsus Liguori, 1696-1787; tr. Fr. Edmund Vaughan, C.S.S.R., 1863.
Tune (St. Basil Hymnal): Unnamed Tune.
Meter: 7.6.7.6

Here is a recording of this hymn sung by the choir of Westminster Cathedral.

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”:

Chorus:
Look down O Mother Mary,
From thy bright throne above,
Cast upon thy children
One sweet glance of love.
One sweet glance of love.

Enfold us in Thy mantle,
There guard us without fear.
What evil can befall us
If mother, thou art near?
Chorus.

See how ungrateful sinners
We stand before thy Son,
His loving Heart upbraids us
For the evil we have done.
Chorus.

Our sins make us unworthy
That title still to bear,
But thou art our Mother
Then show thy love and care.
Chorus.

O kindest, dearest Mother,
Thy sinful children save,
Look on us with pity.
Who thy protection crave.
Chorus.

The original Italian text of this hymn may be found here.

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Come Gather Round The Altar

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”:

Chorus:
Come gather round the altar,
To Mary each heart offer,
While gladly as our Queen today,
We crown her with the op’ning May,
Come haste, each heart, at her loved feet now lay.
Come haste, each heart, at her loved feet now lay.

The ice bonds of winter are broken,
Again we hail sweet May
And Mary bless’d Mary, we’re crowning
As our chosen Queen today.
Chorus.

See, nature has donned all her gayest,
To greet our Mother Queen,
And flowers the brightest and fairest,
Mary’s children for her glean.
Chorus.

The soft blushing roses are trembling,
With longings to be placed
On our Mother’s altar impatient
For her, their soft fragrance to waste
Chorus.

Then Mary, our Queen and our Mother,
Accept the hearts we bring.
And all through life’s stormiest weather,
Grant that to thee we may cling.
Chorus.

Words: Sisters of Notre Dame, 19th C.
Tune (St. Basil’s Hymnal): Unnamed Tune.
Meter: 9.6.9.7 (Chorus: 7.7.8.8.10.10)

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O Mother, Loved, Our Sweet Delight

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”:

O Mother, loved, Our sweet delight,
One glance but cast, So fondly bright.
Watch over us, Watch over us.
When dark night her mantle casts,
When storms and wintry blasts
Hide heaven’s azure hue,
O thou Star of hope, shine through,
O thou Star of hope, shine through.

Be love of thee, my whole life long,
My sweetest joy, my only way.
Watch over us. Watch over us.
Shine then brightly, O soft Star,
With thy light driving far
Mists that oft veil my soul,
Clouds that e’er around me roll.
Clouds that e’er around me roll.

Mother of God! our hope, our life,—
Sweet Mother, shield us in the strife.
Watch over us. Watch over us.
From all earthly toils set free,
We’ll quickly fly to thee;
Let us rest in thy heart:
From its depths we’ll ne’er depart.
From its depths we’ll ne’er depart.

Words: “Pupil of N D,” 19th C.
Tune (St. Basil’s Hymnal): Unnamed Tune.
Meter: 8.8.8.7.6.6.7.7

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O Heart Of Mary, Pure And Fair

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”:

O heart of Mary, pure and fair,
There is no stain in thee;
In Adam’s fall thou hast no share,
From sin’s control thou’rt free.
Chorus:
O heart of Mary, pure and fair,
No beauty can with thine compare;
From ev’ry stain of sin thou’rt free;
O make us pure in heart like thee.

As some fair lily midst the thorns,
Thou ‘mongst Eve’s daughters art;
Celestial purity adorns
Thy crystal depths, chaste heart.
Chorus.

Sweet heart, within thy depth so chaste,
We’ll dwell and ne’er depart,
Till thou our souls hast deeply placed
In Jesus’ Sacred Heart.
Chorus.

And when from thy loved heart we’ll go,
To that of thy dear Son,
O shall we leave thee then? Ah, no,
His Heart and thine are one.
Chorus.

Words: Sisters of Notre Dame, 19th C.
Tune (St. Basil’s Hymnal): Unnamed Tune.
Meter: 8.6.8.6.8.8.8.8

Here is a recording of a choir singing this hymn.

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