Mary Dearest Mother (Mary shield us from danger)

This hymn was included in 1900 Catholic School and Sodality Hymn Book (ref) under the title "Daily Hymn to Mary" - and based on this, it is assumed to now be in the public domain.

It appears to be a variation on another similar hymn from in the "The Sodalist's Hymnal" in 1887 - this was without a refrain. Another version was published in the 1913 American Catholic Hymnal, written by English clergyman Frederick William Faber (1814-1863): this uses part of one verse for the refrain, and does not include the reference to "Mary shield us from danger".

An excerpt from it was also included as a poem attributed to George S. Brady in a book titled by Mary in Song and Prayer, published in Virginia, USA in 1972 (ref)

With meter 65 65 with refrain, different tunes have been used for each publication, and none of them have been named.



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from the 1900 Catholic School and Sodality Hymn Book

Mary, dearest Mother,
From thy heavenly height,
Look on us, thy children,
Lost in earth's dark night.

Chorus:
Oh! we pray thee, loved Mary,
Mary, fondly we entreat,
Guide us to our Sweet Saviour,
And leave us at His feet.
Mary shield us from danger,
Keep our souls from sin,
Help thy exiled children,
Heaven at last to win.

Mary, purest creature,
Keep us all from sin;
Help us erring mortals
Peace in Heav'n to win

Daughter of the Father,
Lady, kind and sweet,
Lead us to our Father,
Leave us at His feet.

Oh, we love thee, Mary,
Trusting all to thee;
What is past or present,
What is yet to be.

Mother of our Saviour,
Hear our pleading pray'r;
Take us 'neath thy mantle,
Hide, oh, hide us there!

Oh, not yet, sweet Mother,
Is our love of thee;
What it will be one day,
In eternity.



From the American Catholic Hymnal 1913

Mary, dearest Mother,
From thy heavenly height,
Look on us, thy children,
Lost in earth's dark night.

Chorus:
Mary, purest creature,
Keep us all from sin;
Help us erring mortals
Peace in Heav'n to win
Daughter of the Father,
Lady, kind and sweet,
Lead us to our Father,
Leave us at His feet.

Holy Queen of Angels,
Bid thine Angels come,
To escort us safely
To our heavenly home.
Bid the Saints in Heaven,
Pray for us their prayers;
They are thine dear Mother,
That thou may'st be theirs.

Mother of our Saviour
Joy of God above,
Jesus bade us keep thee,
In his fear and love.
Mary, Spouse and servant
Of the Holy Ghost;
Keep for him his creatures,
Who would else be lost.

Oh, we love thee, Mary,
Trusting all to thee;
What is past or present,
What is yet to be.
Get us what Thou pleasest
What we cannot know;
What we are most needing,
Every day below.

Sweeter still and sweeter,
Doust thou grow to us;
Will it dearest Mother,
Evermore be thus?
O not yet, sweet Mother,
Is our love of thee,
What it will be one day,
In eternity.

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