Mother Dear, Oh Pray for Me

Mother dear, oh pray for me,
Whilst far from Heav’n and thee,
I wander in a fragile bark
O’er life’s tempestuous sea.
O Virgin Mother, from thy throne,
So bright in bliss above,
Protect thy child and my path
With thy sweet smile of love.

Mother dear, remember me,
And never cease thy care,
Till in heaven eternally,
Thy love and bliss I share.

Mother dear, oh pray for me,
Should pleasure’s siren lay
E’er tempt thy child to wander far
From virtue’s path away,
Or sorrow’s gloom upon me fall
And darken all below,
Then, Mary, aid thy weeping child,
Thyself a Mother show.

Mother dear, oh pray for me,
When all seems full of cheer,
That I may all my danger see,
For surely then ’tis near.
A Mother’s help I, then, most need,
For baleful is the ray,
That paints with gold the flow’ry mead
Which blossoms in my way.

Brothers of the Christian Schools, The De La Salle Hymnal (New York: La Salle Bureau, 1913).

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