It is set to the melody of one of the oldest hymns to Mary, the ‘Salve Mater’.
The full hymn, and melody-line sheet music for it, are available here.
Permission for publication may be sought from Redemptorist Communications Ireland.
Small group unaccompanied:
Small group with light organ backing:
LyricsThe lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on page 30 of this booklet.
The hymn starts with a five-line chorus, and this is repeated after each of the three verses. A rough outline is:
Salve Mater, The Mother of our Lord:
Virgin Mary, the Mother of our God.
Eyes so tender that turn to all our cares,
Heart so ready to run to all our prayers.
1 Mary, blessed one, to us you always run ...
2 Sister of all flesh, so human with us all ...
3 Help Perpetual, an Icon of our race ...