The Stella Hymn is better known as Hail Queen of Heaven. H.F. Hemy, the author of Hemy’s Pianoforte Tutor, composed the hymn.
There is one account which says that it was after playing the organ for evening benediction on Sunday at Stella, he called into the (old) Board Inn at the foot of Stella Lane with some companions and seated at the piano first played what we have known for over a century as “Stella”.
Scholarly research by Jim Hughes, one of our parishioners, can be found in
Hughes, J. (2016) The Stella Hymn part 1.
Catholic Archives, the Journal of the Catholic Archives Society, No. 36 and
Hughes, J. (2017) TheStella Hymn part 2. Catholic
Archives, the Journal of the Catholic Archives Society, No. 37
An account of both the words and melody can be found on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hail_Queen_of_Heaven,_the_Ocean_Star
An audio link for the Stella melody
can be found at https://hymnary.org/tune/stella_english