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O Mary Gentle One

This children's hymn about Mary was written by English Roman Catholic teacher and liturgical musician Francesca Leftley (b 1955).

It is claimed to be "the song Mother Teresa sang to Mary every night" (ref).

It was first published in the 20th Century Folk Hymnal, Volume 3, released by Kevin Mayhew Ltd in the United Kingdom in 1976, and later included in "Our Songs:  a hymn book for Catholic Schools" published in 1998.   The latter is still available for purchase, and is the only known place to find sheet-music for this song.

The hymn is set to an unnamed tune, also by Leftley. This has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of C, the first few notes are G F E F E D_ with accompanying chords C / F / Am.


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Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:

1 O Mary gentle one, teach us to love your Son ...

Chorus:
Teach us to answer Him,
as once you answered Him.
Let it be done to me, 
according to your word.

2 O Mary peaceful one, teach us to know your Son ...

3 Oh Mary grateful one, teach us to thank your Son ...

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1 O Mary gentle one,
teach us to love your Son.
O Mary humble one,
teach us to serve Him.

Chorus:
Teach us to answer Him,
as once you answered Him.
Let it be done to me, 
according to your word.

2 O Mary peaceful one,
Teach us to know your Son.
Oh Mary hopeful one,
Teach us to trust Him.

3 Oh Mary grateful one,
Teach us to thank your Son.
Oh Mary faithful one,
Help us to praise Him.

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