Hail, glorious Saint Patrick, dear Saint of our isle

Hail, glorious Saint Patrick, dear Saint of our isle. Sister Agnes, 19th century. Published in Henri Friedrich Hemy*’s Easy Hymn Tunes with the words in full, adapted for Catholic Schools (1851), where it attributed to Sister Agnes, ‘of the Convent of Charleville, Co. Cork’. This was the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy, founded in 1831. The hymn appeared in Suffield and Palmer’s Crown of Jesus (1862), and in many later books, including Albert Edmonds Tozer*’s Catholic Hymns: original and translated (1898). James Mearns* noted that it had been re-written for Arundel Hymns (1902), ‘with the loss of the original naïveté’ (JJ, p. 1645); but the simplicity of the hymn is part of its attraction...

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