I’LL never forsake thee; I never will be,
O Church of the Saints ! an apostate from thee ;
Though friends may entice me, and fortune may frown,
My Faith and my Church unto death I will own.
They may boast of their wealth, they may talk of their gold,
I'll be true to the faith like the martyrs of old.
"A Catholic live, and a Catholic die!"
Be this my life's watchword, at death my last cry.
I may lose some advantage and forfeit some gain,
I may meet with unkindness and suffer some pain;
But Jesus and Mary will surely bestow
Richer gifts than from sin and apostasy flow.
Source: Hymns and Songs for Catholic Children, 1870