Friday, June 22, 2012

Hymn in honor of St. Thomas More

To commemorate the third anniversary of my celebration of the Memorial of Sts. John Fisher, bishop & martyr, and Thomas More, martyr, as a Catholic, I have written this hymn to St. Thomas More.

It may be sung to the tune HELMSLEY, which is usually the tune associated with "Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending."

To the glory of God, for the honor of St. Thomas More, and for the increase of devotion to my great patron, I publish this hymn under Creative Commons license: attribution, no derivatives 3.0 (found here).

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St. Thomas More, intercede for us, poor sinners!
Thou, O great martyr, pray for us!
In these dark days in which the Faith is sorely tested,
pray we may join thee 'gainst the tyrant's thrust!
Like thee, O St Thomas, 
Pray we might stand firm in faith,
Pray we might stand firm in faith:
St. Thomas More, please pray for us!

Knight of old England charg'd by King to serve thy people,
Husband and father, faithful to thy kin,
Man of great learning, thou who pray'st a great contrition,
In thy manly struggle 'gainst all sin!
Like thee, O St Thomas, 
Pray we might stand firm in faith,
Pray we might stand firm in faith:
St. Thomas More, please pray for us!

Then came thy former friend the King with false ambition,
Full of lust against the marriage bond!
He claimed against the Faith the pow'r of Peter's office,
And commanded thee to respond.
Like thee, O St Thomas, 
Pray we might stand firm in faith,
Pray we might stand firm in faith:
St. Thomas More, please pray for us!

Thou said unto the King who asked of thee this evil thing,
"I am thy servant, but our God's the first!
I'll never sign the oath against the Pope or marriage,
Thou, O great King, thou doest thy worst!"
Like thee, O St Thomas, 
Pray we might stand firm in faith,
Pray we might stand firm in faith:
St. Thomas More, please pray for us!

On Tower Hill thou didst climb on the scaffold holy,
Prayed unto God for faith to stand,
With martyrs' courage, laid head upon the woeful block,
Like Christ thy holy blood for God fast ran!
Like thee, O St Thomas, 
Pray we might stand firm in faith,
Pray we might stand firm in faith:
St. Thomas More, please pray for us!


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