Every Generation, Mary, Calls Thee Blest

Another little known, but great hymn of William Chatterton Dix. This hymn to Our Lady was only ever published in one hymna, in 1921…

Every generation,
Mary, calls thee blest,
Lady, first of women
By the Church confessed
Since Saint Gabriel’s message
Fell upon thine ear,
Filling thee with gladness
And with holy cheer.

Blessed, then and always,
Christ’s dear Mother thou,
Mary, highly favoured,
God is with thee now !
Graced by God the Spirit,
Jesu’s resting place,
Hail, thou Queen of Virgins,
Hail, thou full of grace.

Daughter, sweet, obedient
To the Father’s word,
Mary, Israel’s Lily,
Who Heaven’s tidings heard:
Virgin, yet a Mother,
Clothed in sunlight now.
Matron, Maid for ever,
Christ’s dear Mother thou.

Mary, Star of Ocean,
Light amid the gloom.
Since the Holy Flower
Chose in thee to bloom:
Evermore we love thee,
Shrine of royal Child,
Mother of our Captain,
Maiden undefiled.

Though so far above us
Mother, thou art ours,
In the world’s hard conflict,
And in death’s dark hours;
In our hearts we throne thee;
To thy Son we bow,
Giving Him the glory;
Christ’s dear Mother thou.

Pattern thou of mildness,
Purity and love,
Crowned with stars for beauty,
In the home above;
All thy children bring thee
Praise in sweet accord,
For thou art our Mother,
Mother of our Lord.

Unto God the Father,
Joyful songs we sing;
Unto Christ our Master
Thankful hearts we bring;
Unto God the Spirit
Bow we and adore,
As doth our dear Lady,
Now and evermore. Amen.

Words: William Chatterton Dix, 19th Century.
Tune:Hermas” Frances R. Havergal, 1871.

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