Hymn To St. Gerard - Strong Lover of the Lance-torn Heart

This hymn is about St Gerard Majella. It is attributed to Rev. A O'Connor, C.Ss.R - although no further information about this has been located.

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Lyrics

Strong lover of the lance torn(*) heart
of Jesus crucified,
And lover too of all poor souls
for whom our saviour died.

Chorus:
Saint of pity, saint of power,
Hear o hear me in this hour
Saint Gerard, pray for me,
Saint Gerard, pray for me.

In all my sorrow, all my pain
O lend swift aid and sure;
Great wonder-working saint of God,
Kind brother of the poor.

Dear patron of the prodigal
Who would forgiveness win.
Lead, lead me to my Father’s knee
And help me weep my sin.

Saint Gerard true to Mary pure,
And true to Mary’s child.
Pray that my soul by sin’s dark stain
Be never more defiled.

(*)  an early version had "the broken heart"

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Strong lover of the broken heart
of Jesus crucified,
And lover too of all poor souls
for whom our saviour died.

Chorus:
Saint of pity, saint of power,
Hear o hear me in this hour
Saint Gerard, pray for me,
Saint Gerard, pray for me.

In all my sorrow, all my pain
O lend swift aid and sure;
Great wonder-working saint of God,
Kind brother of the poor.

Dear patron of the prodigal
Who would forgiveness win.
Lead, lead me to my Father’s knee
And help me weep my sin.

Saint Gerard true to Mary pure,
And true to Mary’s child.
Pray that my soul by sin’s dark stain
Be never more defiled.

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