Fill my House Unto the Fullest

Wine, bread and salami on a table - 1 Fill my house unto the fullest, Eat my bread and drink my wine, The love I bear is held from no-one. Chorus: All I own and all I do I give to you. 2 Take my time unto the fullest, Find in me the trust you seek, Take my hands to you outreaching: 3 Christ our Lord with love enormous From the cross His lesson taught: Love each one as I have loved you. 4 Join with me as one in Christ-love, May our hearts all beat as one, May we give ourselves completely.
This song of offering, with themes of unity and generosity, was written by Australian Roman Catholic, at-the-time student and later folk singer/songwriter and composer, Peter Kearney (b 1947).

It was originally published in the music book Songs of Brotherhood, which was released in 1966 by J Albert and Son in Sydney (ref).

It is set to an unnamed tune, also by Kearney. This has a 3/4 time signature. In the key of D, the first few bars consist only of the note F.

The book Songs of Brotherhood included a piano setting of the tune, by John Eyles (TBA)

Today, sheet music can be obtained by:
  • Finding a second-hand copy of the original on Amazon (etc),
  • Ordering a produced-on-demand CD of either "Songs of Brotherhood" or Make Me a Song (The Best of 25 Years)  from Peter Kearney's on-line store.   Each of these CDs has which has PDF files of the original sheet music (not sound files).

Despite being one of the earliest English-language songs written for Catholic use following Vatican II - and written in the south Pacific - the range of recordings on YouTube shows that this song has is known in many places through Europe, Asia and Africa.  (There is less evidence of it being used in the Americas.)   Small variations to the words and tune are evident - as is to be expected from a folk-song.



Choir with guitar accompaniment:

Choir with praise band:

Duet with guitar:

Duet, unaccompanied:

Choir recorded in church - light organ backing:

Guitar led choir:

Instrumental - organ:


The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on the author's website (downloadable MS Word file).  A rough outline is:
1 Fill my house unto the fullest ...

All I own
And all I do
I give to you.

2 Take my time unto the fullest ...

3 Christ our Lord with love enormous ...

4 Join with me as one in Christ-love ...

Note that he last line of the third verse originally was "Love all men as I have loved you.".   The alternative phrase which the author has provided is "Love each one as I have loved you." - there are some other non-approved variations used around the world.

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