Canticle of Creation (As night gives birth to the dawn) - OBrien / Watts

This lyrical hymn of petition to the Holy Spirit, which is suitable for Pentecost, was first released in 1984, by Willow Publications (Sydney).

The tune was written by Australian Christian singer, song-writer, music editor / publisher (co-director of Willow Publications) and educator Patricia (Trish) Watts, and the words are by Australian writer and music publisher Monica O'Brien (early recordings credited "M McInerney" - likely to be the same person).

Sheet music is still available for purchase from As One Voice.

The tune is unnamed. In the key of G, the first few notes are D DD D_ E F G_.


Night giving birth to the dawn - sunrise in Vietnam.



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Examples

Choir with backing track:


Video made from the original release - solo singer with light instrumental backing:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:

1. As night gives birth to the dawn ....

Chorus:
Spirit breathe your breath of love,
Creation yearns for you to come.
Renew your earth, outpour your healing care.
Lord restore the harmony
where humankind may learn to see,
The hope the dream in your almighty plan.

2. The earth is blessed and adorned ...

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1. As night gives birth to the dawn and I see all the grandeur of each day. I long to have and to hold, All the wonder of your heart, All the power in your love. All the mystery embodied in your word. Chorus: Spirit breathe your breath of love, Creation yearns for you to come. Renew your earth, outpour your healing care. Lord restore the harmony where humankind may learn to see, The hope the dream in your almighty plan. 2. The earth is blessed and adorned By the breath and presence of your love. All those who dwell in this land - shall awaken to your voice They shall stand to give you praise, And your faithfulness will reign for evermore.

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