Hymns for the month of May - and general hymns about Mary

Mary Queen of the May hymns symbol
A selection of  hymns and songs for the month of May - which is dedicated to Mary in many northern-hemisphere countries, and often features a May-queening ceremony.

These hymns are all free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free), meaning the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

The southern hemisphere equivalent is November - again, the last month of spring.   However there has not been such a expression of seasonal devotion to Mary made evident in popular hymns from this area.

There are two sections below: one is hymns that are specifically about Mary in the month of May.   The second is a more general set of free-use devotional hymns about Mary.

Free-use hymns for the month of May

General free-use Marian hymns

Note:  This is a list of general purpose hymns of devotion to Mary:  it does not include settings of the Magnificat (which was Mary's own prayer), or hymns that are specific to particular countries or shrines (eg Fatima, Lourdes).

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