- St. Patrick -

Sister Agnes / Ancient Irish Melody

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1 Hail, glorious Saint 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.
2 Hail, glorious Saint Patrick, thy words were once strong
Against Satan's wiles and a heretic throng;
Not less in thy might now in heaven thou art
Oh, come to our aid, in our battle take part.
3 In the war agaisnt 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.
4 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.
5 Ever bless and defend the sweet land of our birth,
Where the shamrock still blooms as when thou went on earth,
And our hearts shall yet burn, wheresoever we roam,
For God and Saint Patrick and our native home.