Strong and Constant

This is a hymn about God's love 

It was written by by Australian Roman Catholic priest and folk-musician, Fr Frank Andersen, and originally published in the Eagles Wings collection which was released  in 1979.  It is  also included in the Scripture in Song - The Music of Frank Andersen MSC collection which is still available.   Both of these books include sheet music for the song - and they are the only sources that have been found.

The word "Yahweh" in the first verse is problematic in some situations: sometimes it is changed to "your Lord" or just "God".

The hymn is set to an unnamed tune, which was written by Fr Andersen.  This it is in a major key (G in the original printing), with a 6:8 time signature - although it is generally sung with a leisurely pace .   In the key of G, the first few notes of the melody are D D D DEF G E D_  with accompanying chords G / D / C /  G.


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Small group with guitar and light rhythm backing:

Church music group, live in a church service

Music group with guitar and piano, live in a church service:

Instrumental: electronic keyboard with backing


The lyrics are copyright, and cannot be reproduced here.    However they are available on this website.  A rough outline of the verses is:
1 I will be Yahweh who walks with you...

Strong and constant is my love,
Strong and constant is my love

2 Should you wander far away from me ...

3 When you know sorrow within your life ...

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I will be Your God who walks with you!
You will be always in my hand!
Take your heart and give it all to me!

Strong and constant is my love!
Strong and constant is my love!

Should you wander far away from me
I will search for you in every land!
Should you call then you will truly know

When you know sorrow within your life
I will come I will embrace your heart!
Through your pain you will discover Me!


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    1. It was first published, as far as I can tell, in 1979 - so I'd guess it was written in the early to mid 1970s. So it's about 40 years old now.