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The Lourdes hymn

Immaculate Mary, our hearts are on fire,
that title so wondrous fills all our desire.

Chorus:
Ave, ave, ave Maria
Ave, ave, ave Maria

We pray for God's glory, may his kingdom come!
We pray for his vicar, our Father, and Rome.
Chorus

We pray for our mother, the church upon earth,
and bless sweetest lady, the land of our birth.
Chorus

For poor, sick, afflicted, thy mercy we crave;
and comfort the dying, the light of the grave.
Chorus

In grief and temptation, in joy or in pain,
we'll ask thee, our mother, nor seek thee in vain.
Chorus

In death's solemn moment, our mother, be nigh;
as children of Mary, O teach us to die.
Chorus

And crown thy sweet mercy with this special grace,
to behold soon in heaven God's ravishing face.
Chorus

Now to God be all glory and worship for aye,
and to God's virgin mother an endless Ave!
Chorus

Words: author unknown. Music: French traditional

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Helen Whitehead

Part of this work was submitted as the Dissertation for the MA in Writing

at
Nottingham Trent University

Last amended on 19th May 1998 / copyright H. M. Whitehead