Mother dear, O pray for me!
Whilst far from heav'n and thee.
I wander in a fragile bark,
O'er life's tempestuous sea.
O Virgin Mother, from thy throne,
So bright in bliss above.
Protect thy child and cheer my path
With thy sweet smile of love.

Mother dear, O pray for me!
Should pleasure's siren lay.
E'er tempt thy child to wander far
From Virtue's path away.
When thorns beset life's devious way,
And darkling waters flow.
Then Mary aid thy weeping child,
Thyself a mother show.

Mother dear, remember me!
And never cease thy care,
'Till in heaven eternally,
Thy love and bliss I share.

*By Isaac B. Woodbury written in 1850 

Mother Dear, Oh Pray for Me . A ballad and later Hymn written in 1850 and revised by an unknown editor. Although this Hymn has been criticized as being too sentimental and has fallen into disuse after the Vatican II, it previously enjoyed enormous popularity. Higginson states; " This Hymn and Holy God, We praise thy Name were likey two of the best known Hymn of the 20th century." 

Isaac Baker Woodbury (October 23, 1819, Beverly, Massachusetts - 1858) was a 19th-century composer and publisher of church music, most famous for publishing The Dulcimer; or, The New York Collection of Sacred Music, one of the best-known collection of Christian hymns of the era. His best-known hymn tunes include Siloam and Esmonton. He also published the American Monthly Musical Review

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