The tune is by Henri Frederick Hemy (1818-1888). Hemy was organist at a Roman Catholic Church in Newcastle upon Tyne, and heard children in the near-by village of Stella singing a song with lyrics "Sweet Mary" or "Queen Mary". He adapted the children’s tune to the hymn and named it STELLA. The hymn is almost always sung to this tune. (Source: http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/BONN_BONNY.htm)
Sheet music for purchaseArranged by Lance Chandler for SATB Choir, Oboe, Cello. Eight pages, published by GIA Publications (GI.G-6224).
Professional singer, with backing
Choir accompanied by organ:
Male singer, unaccompanied
LyricsHail, Queen of heaven, the ocean star,
Guide of the wanderer here below,
Thrown on life's surge, we claim thy care,
Save us from peril and from woe.
Mother of Christ, O Star of the sea
Pray for the wanderer, pray for me.
O gentle, chaste, and spotless Maid,
We sinners make our prayers through thee;
Remind thy Son that He has paid
The price of our iniquity.
Virgin most pure, O star of the sea,
Pray for the sinner, pray for me.
Sojourners in this vale of tears,
To thee, blest advocate, we cry;
Pity our sorrows, calm our fears,
And sooth with hope our misery.
Refuge in grief, star of the sea,
Pray for the mourner, pray for me.
And while to Him Who reigns above
In Godhead one, in Persons three,
The Source of life, of grace, of love,
Homage we pay on bended knee:
Do thou, bright Queen, O star of the sea,
Pray for thy children, pray for me.