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Hymn of St Therese of Lisieux to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour


St Teresa [I]    


 Full well you know that from my tenderest years

 Your image sweet has borne my heart away,

 For tender pity in your gaze appears,

 With you I found the golden light of day. 




 O Virgin Mary, when to heaven I go

 Your loveliness forever shall I see; 

 But my Perpetual Succour here below

 Is your sweet Image ever dear to me.  




When fervour made me willing to obey

It seemed as if your picture on me smiled,

But if betimes, my will was led astray,

Your welling tears reproved your erring child.




In hearkening ever to my lowly prayer, 

You showered on me the sweetness of your love,

The very thought of you is now a share 

A foretaste of eternal bliss above. 



 O Mother dearest, 'mid temptation's strife

 I feel that you a constant strength impart,

 Because you know that till the close of life

 I wish to offer souls to Jesus' Heart.




For evermore your Image shall remain

 My treasure, my Perpetual Succour be,

And 'tis my wish in death's dread hour of pain

My dying gaze may still be fixed on thee. 






 Then soaring to the vast, eternal shore,  

 I'll come to rest, dear Mother, at your feet;

 And there held safe, enjoy for evermore,

 The tender bliss of your caresses sweet.




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