May is the month of Mary (Mary is beautiful)

This song about Mary was used in primary schools in England, Scotland and Ireland from the mid 20th century - and there are still some references to it being sung in the early 21st century.

No recent published versions have been found, but there are numerous on-line references to the first verse and chorus quoted below.

It was most-likely included in "New Hymns for Young and Old: Words by SND set to original tunes by Lloyd Hartley", published by Cary and Co, London in 1948. This Lloyd Hartley (1882-1953) was a 1930s radio broadcaster, pianist, composer and piano teacher.

If you have any more information about the song, and the tune(s?) it has been sung to, please leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.



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Instrumental - piano:

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No on-line examples have been found.  But there is a short clip of a setting on this website.

Lyrics

May is the month of Mary,
Month we all love so well;
Mary is God's own Mother,
Gladly her praise we tell.

Chorus:
Mary is beautiful, Mary is fair!
Gladly we praise her
in song and in prayer.

Blue is the sky in Maytime,
Bright is the sun above,
Bluebells all nod in chorus
Joining our song of love.

Mary is Queen of Heaven,
Crowned by her own dear Son,
Angels and saints all love her,
Mary loves everyone.

Mary, our Queen we crown you,
Queen of our Homes to-day,
Ever we love to hail you
Beautiful Queen of May.

Oh Mary, dear Mother, we love you,
And you love all children we know,
For Jesus Himself gave us to you
On Calvary, long years ago.

Mother dear, we love you,
Your face we long to see,
Smiling down from Heaven,
A "Welcome Home" to me.

Oh Mary, dear Mother we trust you,
And ask for your help day by day,
You guarded your dear little Jesus,
So guard all your children, we pray.

Oh Mary, dear Mother we hail you
Queen Mother in Heaven above,
With hearts all rejoicing we sing you
Our song and our greeting of love.



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13 comments:

  1. Hi there, I recently purchased some books about the Lives of the Saints from a charity shop and inside one of the books was an old yellow piece of paper with this hymn typed on! Unfortunately there is no information about its title or source but there are the full lyrics. Good luck with your investigations, I would like to know the tune too!


    May is the month of Mary,
    Month we all love so well;
    Mary is God's own Mother,
    Gladly her praise we tell.

    Chorus:
    Mary is beautiful, Mary is fair!
    Gladly we praise her
    in song and in prayer.

    Blue is the sky in Maytime,
    Bright is the sun above,
    Bluebells all nod in chorus
    Joining our song of love.

    Mary is Queen of Heaven,
    Crowned by her own dear Son,
    Angels and saints all love her,
    Mary loves everyone.

    Mary, our Queen we crown you,
    Queen of our Homes to-day,
    Ever we love to hail you
    Beautiful Queen of May.

    Oh Mary, dear Mother, we love you,
    And you love all children we know,
    For Jesus Himself gave us to you
    On Calvary, long years ago.

    Mother dear, we love you,
    Your face we long to see,
    Smiling down from Heaven,
    A "Welcome Home" to me.

    Oh Mary, dear Mother we trust you,
    And ask for your help day by day,
    You guarded your dear little Jesus,
    So guard all your children, we pray.

    Oh Mary, dear Mother we hail you
    Queen Mother in Heaven above,
    With hearts all rejoicing we sing you
    Our song and our greeting of love.

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    1. That's a great find, thank you EmmaAnne. I've been approached in person about this song by someone (now in their late 50s I think - I didn't like to ask!) who remembered singing it in primary school. But lots of Googling didn't give me anything more than the first verse an chorus. I'll add these extra verses to the main page now, and hopefully they might help me to find the tune too.


      Mary

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    2. Dear EmmaAnne,
      Thank you so much for taking the trouble to post this. I have been searching for years for this song/hymn to Our Lady. Our primary school sang it frequently throughout May, perhaps even daily throughout the month. I have sang it with my own children but have only known the first verse. Throughout the years I have tried to find the whole hym. I feel so blessed now to have all the verses. I will teach my children the rest of the verses. Some of my children are young adults but I am excited to share this beautiful May tradition of this little simple hymn from my own childhood. I attended St. Claires school, Liverpool, England. I am aged 54 and I love this hymn. Thank you again EmmaAnne, I cant believe I have found these precious verses at last, God bless you, Moira Petris (nee Collins)

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    3. I know the tune but can't write music 😒

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  2. I remember the tune. We sang it every May standing in our lines

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  3. I know the tune. Thanks for the words. I'll look to find an online music maker and post the tune here.

    I'm 49 and this is the most memorable hymn of all from when I was a primary school child - we would have little processions to the convent and sing it to the nuns. I loved it. This was in the archdiocese of Liverpool.

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  4. We sang this wonderful hymn in childhood, at St Vincent de Paul primary Westminster. I had honestly thought the nuns must have made it up as been searching for years for the lyrics. We only sang the 1st 2verses so relishing reading the rest.

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    1. Hi, I suspect that the song likely was written by some nuns somewhere - never published in any hymn book, but taught in their schools. It's very popular, and I've had many people looking for it, both here on the website and in person in Ireland too.

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  5. Been searching all over the net for this song too. Today the 1st day of May, I remember it again like I do every month of May. We sang it in primary,Queen of the rosary school in Nigeria, the Rev sisters taught us. I remember the tune they taught us wth, but can't find it on the internet.

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  6. I would love to use this hymn in our “Daily Daily, Sing to Mary” feature on me school website for for the month of May. I need to contact “Gareth Clarke 3” who posted the piano clip on Soundcloud as I would love to use it as a backing track for a singalongs video. Does anyone know Gareth? Or are you on this thread Gareth?!

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    1. Gareth's soundtrack is available for purchase (for less than €2) here: https://www.youraccompanist.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=0&keyword=Hartley%20Lloyd

      I don't know what the terms and conditions are, whether thye allow you to use the track on websites. But they may.

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  7. I attended Seafield Convent Grammar School in Liverpool in the 1960's. If it was a nice day in May the nuns would let our class sit among the bluebells in front of Mary's grotto. We sang May is the month of Mary before each lesson. Just the first 2 verses and the chorus followed by the Hail Mary prayer. Beautiful.

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