Hail Glorious St Patrick (In Erin's Green Valleys)

This is a hymn for St Patrick's Day.

It was published in the St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book, 1920 (Open Library version), where it is attributed to "Sr Agnes".

The tunes that it is set to in the St Gregory Book, do not totally match the tune that is usually used today (and is in all the examples below).   Some sources, including the New Catholic Hymnal (1971) attribute this tune to English organist Henri Frederick Hemy (1818 - 1888) and some suspect that it may have originally been published in the Crown of Jesus Hymnbook, 1864.

Some publications do not include a refrain, while others suggest using the the last two lines of the preceding chorus.



Classical trio with orchestra:

Solo singer with orchestra, recorded for a TV programme:

Instrumental, piano - amateur recording:


Hail, glorious St. Patrick, dear saint of our isle,
On us thy poor children bestow a sweet smile;
And now thou art high in the mansions above,
On Erin's green valleys look down in thy love.

On Erin's green valleys, on Erin's green valleys,
On Erin's green valleys look down in thy love.

Hail, glorious St. Patrick, thy words were once strong
Against Satan's wiles and a heretic throng;
Not less is thy might where in Heaven thou art;
Oh, come to our aid, in our battle take part!

In a war against sin, in the fight for the faith,
Dear Saint, may thy children resist to the death;
May their strength be in meekness, in penance, and prayer,
Their banner the Cross, which they glory to bear.

Thy people, now exiles on many a shore,
Shall love and revere thee till time be no more;
And the fire thou hast kindled shall ever burn bright,
Its warmth undiminished, undying its light.

Ever bless and defend the sweet land of our birth,
Where the shamrock still blooms as when thou were on earth,
And our hearts shall yet burn, wherever we roam,
For God and St. Patrick, and our native home.

ABC Notation

About ABC notation

T:Hail Glorious Saint Patrick
E|"C"E F E|"Dm"D A, C|"G7"B, E D|"C"C2
w:Hail Glor-ious Saint Pat-rick, dear saint of our isle
C|"F"C A, B,|"C"C G, E|E "D7"D C|"G7"D2
w:And on us thy child-ren be-stow a sweet smile
G|"C"G F E|"Am"E D C|"Dm"D A, D|"F"F2
w:And now thou art high in thy man-sions a-bove
F|"C"E D C|"Dm"D A, C|"G7"B, E D|"C"C2
w:On Er-in's green val-ley look down in thy love
G|"G7"G D F|"F"F "C"E2-|E2 E|"E7"E B, C|B, "Am"A,2-|A,2
w:On Er-in's green val-ley_ On Er-in's green val-ley_
A,|"C"G, C B,|"Dm"A, D C|"G7"B, E D|"C"C2||
w:On Er-in's green val-ley look down in thy love.

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