With meter 77 77 with refrain, it is set to the tune BEAUTIFUL MOTHER by Belgian Jesuit, Fr Louis Lambillotte SJ (1795-1855).
Sheet music for purchase:Arranged by Lance Chandler, for cello and organ accompaniment, with optional harp. 8 pages. Published by GIA Publications (GI.G-6206).
Professional singers with piano backing:
Small group with synthesizer backing:
Solo singer with piano:
Cantor and congregation, with organ:
LyricsChorus: On this day, O beautiful Mother,
On this day we give thee our love.
Near the, Madonna, fondly we hover,
Trusting thy gentle care to prove.
On this day we ask to share,
Dearest Mother, thy sweet care;
Aid us ere our feet astray
Wander from thy guiding way.
Queen of angels, deign to hear
Lisping children's humble prayer;
Young hearts gain, O virgin pure,
Sweetly to thyself allure.
Rose of Sharon, Lovely flow'r,
Beauteous bud of eden's bow'r;
Cherished lily of the vale,
Virgin Mother' Queen we hail.
In vain the flow'rs of love we bring,
In vain sweet music's note we sing,
If contrite heart and lowly prayer,
Guide not our gifts to thy bright sphere.
Fast our days of life we run,
Soon the night of death will come;
Tower of strength in that dread hour,
Come with all thy gentle power.