Thou art Perpetual Help Benign / O Mother Sweet and Kind

The author and original source of this prayer / hymn addressed to Our Lady of Perpetual Help are unknown.   It is included in Novenas quotes in various places, but no source has been located.

It seems likely that it was originally written as a prayer.   However a visitor to this website requested it because they heard it being sung at a church in Mexico, so it clearly has been set to at least one tune.

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Lyrics

Thou art Perpetual Help benign,
Come, therefore, I implore Thee;
Come hasten to assist me,
O Mother sweet and kind!

Hear, O Virgin pure,
Our fervent prayers of love
That fly to Thee above
On the altar where I kneel.

Refrain
Come hasten to assist me,
O Mother sweet and kind!

Stained by guilt and sin
I bow my head and cry
And at Thy feet I sigh
For clemency and love.

Free my careless soul
From all its tepid ways
And set my soul ablaze
With fervour in devotion.

If my virtue wanes
When tempests howl and roar
My energies restore,
Beloved Morning Star.

Wretched in this vale
Of pain and tribulation
For heavenly consolation
I humbly beg of Thee.

To Thy faithful child
Encouragement provide
And toward virtue guide
His weak, unsteady steps.

Free my fickle heart
From all its lassitude
And grant it fortitude
To lead a sinless life.

In the final clash
With death in all its fright
How great my soul’s delight
If then I can exclaim,

In Purgatory’s fire,
Dear Mother, please be sweet;
Great Lady, I entreat,
Alleviate my pains.

Grant me, Mother dear,
As fond farewell to Thee
To sing unceasingly
With love and praise to Thee:


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