Hail Glorious St Patrick (In Erin's Green Valleys)

This traditional hymn for St Patrick's Day was published in the St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book, 1920 (Open Library version), where it is attributed to "Sr Agnes".

The tunes in these book, however, do not totally match the one in common use today (used in all the examples below) which includes a four-line chorus.   Some sources, including the New Catholic Hymnal (1971) attribute the tune to Henri Frederick Hemy (1818 - 1888), it's unclear about exactly which tune he composed.

Chorus alternatives:
Some publications do not include a refrain, while others suggest using the the last two lines of the preceding chorus.



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Lyrics:

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.

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 were on earth,
And our hearts shall yet burn, wherever we roam,
For God and St. Patrick, and our native home.

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