Holy Mary we Implore Thee

This Marian hymn is a translation of the Latin hymn "Omni die dic Mariae". It was made by English Anglican clergyman and later Roman Catholic convert-priest Edward Caswall (1814-1878). It was published in the Birmingham Oratory Hymn Book, 1854, and in the Crown Hymnal (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1912).

More recently it has been recorded by Fr Roel Lungay in a contemporary Christian music style.

It is closely related to Holy Queen we Bend Before Thee, also by Caswall.

In the Crown Hymnal 1912, it is set to a tune called HEMY - presumably composed by Henri Frederick Hemy (1818-1888).


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Lyrics

Traditional language

Holy Mary, we implore thee,
by thy purity divine;
help us bending here before thee,
help us truly to be thine.
Thou unfolding wide the portals
of the kingdom in the skies,
holy Virgin, hast to mortals
shown the land of Paradise.

Thou, when deepest night infernal
had for ages shrouded man,
gavest us that Light eternal
promised since the world began.
God in thee hath showered plenty
on the hungry and the weak;
sending back the mighty empty,
setting up on high the meek.

Teach, oh teach us, holy Mother,
how to conquer every sin,
how to love and help each other,
how the prize of life to win.
Thou to whom a child was given,
greater than the sons of men,
coming down from highest heaven,
to create this world again.

Modern English

Holy Mary, we implore You,
By your purity divine;
Help us bending here before you,
Help us truly to be yours.
By unfolding wide the portals
of the kingdom in the skies,
holy Virgin, you've to mortals
Shown the land of Paradise.

You, when deepest night infernal
had for ages shrouded man,
Gave to us that Light eternal
Promised since the world began.
God in you has showered plenty
On the hungry and the weak;
Sending back the mighty, empty,
Setting up on high the meek.

Teach, oh teach us, holy Mother,
How to conquer every sin,
How to love and help each other,
How the prize of life to win.
You to whom a child was given,
Greater than the sons of men,
Coming down from highest heaven,
To create this world again.

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