Sing we of the Blessed Mother

Sing we of the Blessed Mother.  George Timms* (1910-1997). This hymn on the Blessed Virgin Mary was published in English Praise (1975), a supplement to EH. Timms chaired the committee that produced it, and this is one of the best of his 11 hymns in it. It was retained in NEH, and transferred some years later to the A&M tradition, being found in A&MCP and A&MRW. In Ireland it is included in ICH5 (2000). It is also found in the Roman Catholic Laudate (1999). It has become one of the best known Marian hymns* of recent times. The very helpful note in the Companion to ICH5 (2005) points out that stanzas 1, 3 and 4 refer to the ‘joys of Mary’, while stanza 2 refers to ‘the sorrows...

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