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WHEN GREAT SAINT PATRICK RAISED THE CROSS
- St. Patrick -

Anon. / Thomas C. Kelly

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WHEN GREAT SAINT PATRICK RAISED THE CROSS


1 When great Saint Patrick raised the Cross
Where pagan worship long held sway,
And bade the people lift their eyes
From darkness unto day:
The light of faith on Erin's hills
Then dawned in splendor bright and clear,
And all her verdant valleys felt
The Lord's own presence near.
2 Behold, his blessed altars stood
Where once had flared the Druid fires,
While up to heaven's vault arose
A thousand cross-crowned spires.
And from God's sacred temples rang
The pealing bells, the call to prayer,
And o'er the land from end to end
Came peace and blessings rare.
3 All praise to God Whose goodness gave
The saving truths Saint Patrick taught;
And praise to Him for all the deeds
That dear Saint Patrick wrought;
All thanks for faith's bright beacon set
To guide us pilgrims homeward bound,
And lead us to that host in bliss,
Saint Patrick's children crowned.


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