Hail Queen of Heaven

This is a hymn about Mary which is particularly popular in countries where people live or work close to the sea.

The words were written by English Catholic priest and historian John Lingard (1771–1851), roughly based on the Latin plainchant Ave Maris Stella.

The tune which is almost-always uses was composed by Henri Frederick Hemy (1818-1888). He was organist at a church in Newcastle upon Tyne, and heard children in the near-by village of Stella singing a song with lyrics "Sweet Mary" or "Queen Mary". He adapted the children’s tune to the hymn and named it STELLA. (Source)


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Male singer, unaccompanied

Singer with backing track:

Solo singer, gentle guitar accompaniment:


Hail, Queen of heaven, the ocean star,
Guide of the wanderer here below,
Thrown on life's surge, we claim thy care,
Save us from peril and from woe.
Mother of Christ, O Star of the sea
Pray for the wanderer, pray for me.

O gentle, chaste, and spotless Maid,
We sinners make our prayers through thee;
Remind thy Son that He has paid
The price of our iniquity.
Virgin most pure, O star of the sea,
Pray for the sinner, pray for me.

Sojourners in this vale of tears,
To thee, blest advocate, we cry;
Pity our sorrows, calm our fears,
And sooth with hope our misery.
Refuge in grief, star of the sea,
Pray for the mourner, pray for me.

And while to Him Who reigns above
In Godhead one, in Persons three,
The Source of life, of grace, of love,
Homage we pay on bended knee:
Do thou, bright Queen, O star of the sea,
Pray for thy children, pray for me.

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