Lord of Earth and all Creation

hymn text on an australian bush background:   1 Lord of earth and all creation, let your love possess this land: wealth, and freedom, far horizons, mountain, forest, shining sand: may we share, in faith and friendship, gifts unmeasured from your  hand. 2  People of the ancient Dreamtime, they who found this country first, ask with those, the later comers, will our dream be blessed or cursed?  Grant us Lord, new birth. New living,  hope for which our children thirst.  3  Lord, life giving healing Spirit, on our hurts your mercy shower; lead us by your inward dwelling, guiding, guarding, every hour. Bless and keep our land Australia: In your will her peace and power.
This Australian hymn was written by poet, academic and intelligence officer Michael Rayner Thwaites (1915–2005)  and Honor Thwaites (1914-93).

With meter 8.7.8.7.8.7, tunes it has been set to include:
  • BENNELONG, by Australian organist, choirmaster and composer Robert Boughen
  • WESTMINSTER ABBEY by Henry Purcell (1680)

It was included in Together in Song: Australian hymn book II, published by Harper Collins Religious, Melbourne, in 1999, and the is the best source of sheet music for it.



Downloads


Examples

Instrumental (piano) version of WESTMINSTER ABBEY


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on page 3 of this this document.

The song has three verses, a rough outline is:
1  Lord of earth and all creation ...

2  People of the ancient Dreamtime ...

3  Lord, life giving healing Spirit ... 

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