Mudcat Café message #411577 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #31602   Message #411577
Posted By: Joe Offer
05-Mar-01 - 07:48 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Hail Glorious St. Patrick
(words: Sister Agnes, tune: ancient Irish melody)

Hail, glorious St. Patrick, dear saint of our isle,
On us thy poor children bestow a sweet smile;
And now thou art high in the mansions above,
On Erin's green valleys look down in thy love.

(optional repeat)
On Erin's green valleys, on Erin's green valleys,
On Erin's green valleys look down in thy love.

Hail, glorious St. Patrick, thy words were once strong
Against Satan's wiles and a heretic throng;
Not less is thy might where in Heaven thou art;
Oh, come to our aid, in our battle take part!

In a war against sin, in the fight for the faith,
Dear Saint, may thy children resist to the death;
May their strength be in meekness, in penance, and prayer,
Their banner the Cross, which they glory to bear.

Thy people, now exiles on many a shore,
Shall love and revere thee till time be no more;
And the fire thou hast kindled shall ever burn bright,
Its warmth undiminished, undying its light.

Ever bless and defend the sweet land of our birth,
Where the shamrock still blooms as when thou wert on earth,
And our hearts shall yet burn, wherever we roam,
For God and St. Patrick, and our native home.

source: St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book, 1920

I grew up in a very Catholic family in Detroit and southeastern Wisconsin in the 1950's and 1960's, and never heard this one - even in my 8 years in a Catholic seminary. Of course, we were "liberal" Catholics...

-Joe Offer-