Eagles Wings (I have carried you)

This is a folk-style hymn, which is inspired by Exodus 19:4 and Psalm 105.

It was written by Australian Roman Catholic priest, liturgist and folk-music composer, Fr Frank Andersen MSC.  The song was the title-track of the Eagles Wings collection, and is included in the Scripture in Song - The Music of Frank Andersen MSC collection, which is still available and which includes lead-sheet style sheet music.

The tune was written by Fr Andersen:  it is in a major key (G in the original printing), with a 4:4 time signature.

It is widely known in Australia and New Zealand, but less so in the rest of the world, where Michael Joncas' (On Eagles Wings) setting is more commonly used.


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Original recording - small group with band:

Singer, self-accompanied on keyboard:

Trio with guitars:


The lyrics are copyright, and cannot be reproduced here.

The song starts with a chorus, which is repeated after each of the five verses  A rough outline over the verses is below.  The words can be found here and the guitar chords here.
I have carried you on eagles wings.
I will care for you through all your years.

1 My heart is full of peace

2 My soul is like a child

3 Never need I be afraid

4 I know failure in my life

5 You have bridged the flowing streams.

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I have carried you on ea-----gle's wings!
I will care for your in all ----- your years!

1 My heart is full of peace
You have been within my life!
Your guiding hand always covered me!
I am full of confidence in You!

2 My soul is like a child,
Cradled safe within your arms!
You have carried me across my years!
Leading me thru' sorrow and thru' joy!

3 Never need I be afraid!
No matter how uncertain things may be!
Sometimes thru' me, sometimes in spite of me
You seem to find your purpose in my life!

4 I know failure in my life,
The weakness so central to my heart!
When I have strayed or fallen in my life,
You gently set me on my feet again!

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