Mother Of Mercy! Day By Day

This is the full, original text from an 1852 edition of Fr. Faber’s hymnal Jesus and Mary. It is listed for To Our Blessed Lady in that hymnal:

Mother of Mercy! day by day
My love of thee grows more and more;
Thy gifts are strewn upon my way
Like sands upon the great sea-shore.

Though poverty and work and woe
The masters of my life may be,
When times are worst, who does not know
Darkness is light with love of thee?

But scornful men have coldly said
Thy love was leading me from God;
And yet in this I did but tread
The very path my Saviour trod.

They know but little of thy worth
Who speak these heartless words to me;
For what did Jesus love on earth
One half so tenderly as thee?

Get me the grace to love thee more;
Jesus will give if thou wilt plead;
And, Mother! when life’s cares are o’er,
O I shall love thee then indeed!

Jesus, when His three hours were run,
Bequeath’d thee from the cross to me;
And O! how can I love thy Son,
Sweet Mother! if I love not thee?

Words: Fr. Frederick W. Faber, C.O., 1849.
Tune: “Wendell” S.H. Gregory, 1869-1950.
Tune (St. Basil Hymnal): Unnamed Tune.
Words: 8.8.8.8

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”:

Mother of mercy, day by day,
My love of thee grows more and more,
Thy gifts are strewn upon my way,
Like sands upon the great seashore,
Like sands upon the great seashore.

Thy love for me I know its worth,
Oh, it is all in all to me;
For what did Jesus love on earth
One half so tenderly as thee:
One half so tenderly as thee.

Get me the grace to love thee more,
Jesus will give if thou wilt plead;
And Mother, when life’s care are o’er,
Oh, I shall love thee then indeed:
Oh, I shall love thee then indeed.

Jesus, when His three hours were run,
Bequeathed thee from the Cross to me,
And oh! how can I love thy Son,
Sweet Mother, if I love not thee?
Sweet Mother, if I love not thee?

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