Sing Praise to God

Sing praise to God who reigns above,
The God of all creation,
The God of pow’r, the God of love,
The God of our salvation:
With healing balm our souls He fills,
And ev’ry faithless murmur stills.

The angel host, O King of Kings,
Thy praise forever telling,
In earth and sky all living things,
Beneath Thy shadow dwelling,
Adore the wisdom which could span,
The pow’r which formed creation’s plan.

What God’s almighty pow’r hath made,
His gracious mercy keepeth;
By morning-glow or evening shade
His watchful eye ne’er sleepeth;
Within the kingdom of His might,
Lo, all is just, and all is right.

The Lord is never far away,
But, through all grief distressing,
An ever-present help and stay,
Our peace, and joy, and blessing;
As with a mother’s tender hand,
He leads His own, His chosen band.

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

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Salve Regina

Hail! holy Queen enthron’d above, O Maria!
Hail! Mother of mercy and of love, O Maria!

Chorus
Triumph all ye Cherubim,
Sing with us, ye Seraphim,
Heav’n and earth resound the hymn:
Salve, salve, salve Regina!

Our life, our sweetness here below, O Maria!
Our hope in sorrow and in woe, O Maria!

To thee we cry, poor sons of Eve, O Maria!
To thee we sigh, we mourn, we grieve, O Maria!

This earth is but a vale of tears, O Maria!
A place of banishment, of fears, O Maria!

Turn, then, most gracious advocate, O Maria!
Tow’rds us thine eyes compassionate, O Maria!

When this our exile is complete, O Maria!
Show us thy womb-born Jesus sweet, O Maria!

O clement, gracious, Mother sweet, O Maria!
O Virgin Mary, we entreat, O Maria!

J. B. Young, The Roman Hymnal (New York: Fr. Pustet & Co., 1884).

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Nox et Tenebrae et Nubila

Swift as shadows of the night
Haste before the morning light,
Powers of darkness quickly fly;
See the Dayspring from on high.

To Thy light, O heavenly King,
Undivided hearts we bring,
Seek in praise and prayer Thy grace,
Hide not, Lord, from us Thy face.

Many stains our souls defile;
Many snares to sin beguile;
Much we need Thy light divine;
Light of Angels, on us shine.

Glory be to God on high;
Father, Thee we magnify,
Equally the Son adore,
And the Spirit evermore. Amen.

Sidney S. Hurlbut, A Treasury of Catholic Song (New York: J. Fischer & Bro., 1915).

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

See, to God’s high temple above
Mounts, amid angel hymns of love,
The mystical ark of grace
See aloft on victory’s throne,
Blended in glory both Mother and Son,
in one eternal embrace!

All the sorrows her bosom bore,
All her pains and afflictions sore,
At length supremely repaid;
There she reigns on the cloudless height,
Only less than the Lord of light,
In hues immortal arrayed.

There she lives as a fount of grace,
Ever flowing for Adam’s race,
And still for ever to flow;
There, while ages on ages run,
Sweetly, sweetly, she pleads with her Son
For us her children below.

Lady, than all the heavens more high,
More than seraph in purity,
A glance of pity incline!
Teach us to feel, teach us to know,
Teach us in life and death to shew
What treasures of grace are thine.

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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The Childhood of Jesus

By the name which Thou didst take,
Suff’ring early for our sake;
Name adored on bended knee,
Name of grace and majesty.

Refrain
Child of Mary, hear our cry,
Thou wert lowly once as we,
Hear the loving Litany,
We Thy children sing to Thee.

By the joy of Simeon blest,
When he clasped Thee to his breast;
By the widowed Anna’s song,
Pour’d amid the wondering throng.

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

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Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

Jesus, the very Thought of Thee,
With sweetness fills my breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see,
And in Thy presence rest;
No sound, no harmony so gay,
Can art of music frame,
No thought can reach, no word can say,
The sweets of Thy blest Name.

O hope of ev’ry contrite heart!
O joy of all the weak:
To those who fall how kind Thou art,
How good to those who seek!
But what to those who find? oh! this,
No tongue, no pen can show;
The love of Jesus what it is,
None but His loved ones know.

O Jesus, light of all below!
Thou Fount of life and fire,
Surpassing all the joys we know,
All that we can desire.
May every heart confess Thy Name,
And ever Thee adore!
And seeking Thee, itself inflame,
To seek Thee more and more.

O Jesus! Thou the beauty art
Of angel worlds above;
Thy Name is music to the heart,
Enchanting it with love.
For Thee I yearn, for Thee I sigh;
When wilt Thou come to me,
And make me glad eternally,
With one blest sight of Thee?

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

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Maiden Mother Undefiled

Maiden Mother undefiled,
Deign to take me for thy child;
All my life, oh let it be
My best joy to think of thee:
Virgo Maria!

Teach me, when the sun-beam bright
Calls me with its golden light,
How my waking thoughts may be
Turned to Jesus and to thee:
Virgo Maria!

Teach me also through the day
Oft to raise my heart and say:
“Maiden Mother undefiled,
Guard and guide thy faithful child!”
Virgo Maria!

When my eyes are closed in sleep,
O’er my slumbers vigil keep;
Make my latest thought to be
How to please thy Son and thee:
Virgo Maria!

Thus, sweet Mother, day and night
Do thou guide my steps aright;
Let my dying whisper be:
“Virgin Mother, pray for me!”
Virgo Maria!

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

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