Now Doth the Sun Ascend the Sky

Now doth the sun ascend the sky,
And wake creation with its ray;
Be present with us, Lord most high;
Through all the actions of the day.
Keep us eternal, Lord, this day,
From ev’ry sinful passion free;
Grant us in all we do or say,
In all our thoughts to honor Thee.

O Lord of perfect purity,
Who dost the world with light adorn;
And paint the field of azure sky,
With lovely hues of eve and morn.
True sun, upon our souls arise,
In beauty shining evermore;
And thro’ each sense the quick’ning stream,
Of thy eternal Spirit pour.

Upon our fainting soul distill,
The grace of thy celestial dew.
Let no fresh snare to sin beguile,
No former sin revive anew.
Teach us to knock at heaven’s high door,
Teach us the prize of life to win;
Teach us all evil to abhor,
And purify ourselves within.

So when the evening stars appear,
And in their train the darkness bring;
May we, O Lord, with conscience clear,
To Thee our grateful praises sing.
Glory to God the Father be,
And to the sole begotten Son;
The same, O Holy Ghost to Thee,
While everlasting ages run.

The Christian Brothers, The Catholic Youth’s Hymn Book (New York: P. O’Shea, 1871).

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Hymn Before the Image of Mary

Holy Queen, we bend before thee,
Queen of purity divine;
Make us love thee, we implore thee,
Make us truly to be thine.

Unto thee a Child was given,
Greater than the sons of men;
Coming down from highest heaven,
To create the world again.

Thou by faith the gates unfolding
Of the kingdom in the skies,
Hast to us, by faith beholding,
Shewn the land of Paradise.

Thou, when deepest night infernal
Had for ages shrouded man,
Gavest us that light eternal
Promis’d when the world began.

Teach, oh teach us, holy Mother,
How to conquer every sin,
How to love and help each other,
How the prize of life to win.

Teach us how all earthly pleasures,
All the world’s enchanting bloom,
Are outrivall’d by the treasures
Of the glorious world to come.

Oh, by that Almighty Maker,
Whom thyself a virgin bore;
Oh, by thy supreme Creator,
Link’d with thee for evermore.

By the hope thy name inspires,
By our doom revers’d through thee,
Bring us, Queen of angel choirs,
To a blest eternity.

Henry Formby, ed., First Series of Hymns and Songs for the Use of Catholic Schools and Families (London: Burns and Lambert, 1853).

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Ye Holy Angels Bright

Ye holy angels bright,
Who wait at God’s right hand,
Or thro’ the realms of light
Fly at your Lord’s command,
Assist our song,
For else the theme
Too high doth seem
For mortal tongue.

Ye blessed souls at rest,
Who ran this earthly race,
And now in dwellings blest
Behold the Saviour’s face,
God’s praises sound,
As in his light
With sweet delight
Ye do abound.

Ye souls who toil below,
Adore your heav’nly King,
And, onward as you go,
A joyful anthem sing;
Take what he gives,
And praise him still,
Through good or ill,
Who ever lives.

My soul, bear thou thy part,
Triumph in God above,
And with a well-tuned heart
Sing thou the songs of love:
Let all thy days
Till life shall end,
Whate’er He send,
Be filled with praise.

Ludwig Bonvin, “Hosanna” Catholic Hymn Book, 4th ed. (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1914).

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Holy Mary, We Implore Thee

Holy Mary, we implore thee
By thy purity divine:
Help us, bending here before thee,
Help us truly to be thine.
Thou, unfolding wide the portals
Of the kingdom in the skies,
Holy Virgin, hast to mortals
Shown the land of paradise.

Thou, when deepest night infernal
Had for ages shrouded man,
Gavest us that life eternal
Promised since the world began.
God in thee hath showered plenty
On the hungry and the weak;
Sending back the mighty empty,
Setting up on high the meek.

L. J. Kavanagh and James M. McLaughlin, Crown Hymnal (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1912).

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A Child’s Hymn to the Blessed Virgin

Maiden Mother, meek and mild,
Take, oh, take me for thy child.
All my life, oh, let it be
My best joy to think of thee.

When my eyes are clos’d in sleep
Through the night my slumbers keep,
Make my latest thought to be,
How to love thy Son and thee.

Teach me when the sunbeam bright
Calls me with its golden light,
How my waking thoughts may be
Turn’d to Jesus and to thee.

And, oh, teach me through the day
Oft to raise my heart and say,
“Maiden Mother, meek and mild,
Guard, oh, guard thy little child!”

Thus, sweet Mother, day and night
Thou shalt guide my steps aright;
And my dying words shall be,
“Virgin Mother, pray for me!”

Henry Formby, ed., First Series of Hymns and Songs for the Use of Catholic Schools and Families (London: Burns and Lambert, 1853).

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Rejoice, O Mary

Rejoice, O Mary, heav’nly Queen, Gaude, Maria!
Thy grief is changed to joy serene; Alleluia!
O pray for us, Maria!

For He Whom thou wast called to bear, Gaude, Maria!
Did by His death our loss repair, Alleluia!
O pray for us, Maria!

Thy Son has risen from the dead; Gaude, Maria!
He rose with might, as He had said, Alleluia!
O pray for us, Maria!

O pray to God, thou Virgin fair, Ora, Maria!
That we in heav’n thy bliss may share, Alleluia!
O pray for us, Maria!

John G. Hacker, Catholic Hymnal (New York: Schwartz, Kirwin & Fauss, 1920).

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O Mary, My Mother

O Mary, my Mother, so tender, so true,
With childlike affection my spirit imbue;
As long as I linger in life here below,
Thy loving protection in bounty bestow.

If thou dost forsake me, to whom shall I go?
For thou art my refuge in weal and in woe;
The snares that surround me with trembling I see,
But one thought consoles me: that thou art with me.

Whenever I weary of warfare and strife,
Refresh me, O Mary, thou joy of my life;
Though fierce be the conflict, no foe will I fear;
I know, dearest Mother, that thine aid is near.

O Mary, my Mother, I’m longing to see
The glory that Jesus has given to thee;
In life let me truly thy child ever be,
That death may lead me to Jesus and thee.

John G. Hacker, Catholic Hymnal (New York: Schwartz, Kirwin & Fauss, 1920).

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