Mystery (When I stand on a rolling hill and I look out to the sea)

steepish hills rolling down to the sea - 1  When I stand on a rolling hill and I look out to the sea, I can feel the force of freedom finding fellowship with me.  I can hear a call to courage to be all that I can be. Then I know that I have  known .... mystery. 2  When I walk through a wooded grove to admire nature's art, I can feel her weave her wisdom on the webbing of my heart. I can heart her invitation to be part of all I see.  Then I know that I have known .... mystery.  3  As I run through the sunlight and the shadows of the years, I can feel a strong sensation through the silence of the spheres. I can hear a call to loving all, to immortality. 4  It's the song of the universe, as the aeons fall away. It's the song that the stars sing and all the planets play. It's a song to the Power neither your or I can see. It's a song to the One who is Mystery.
This hymn about experiencing God as Mystery in the natural world was written by American Roman Catholic feminist musician, theologian, writer and Medical Mission Sister Miriam Therese Winter (b 1938).

It was written in 1987, and published in her book Women Prayer Women Song: Resources for Ritual, which now appears to be out of print, but copies are usually available from Amazon and may also be available from the Medical Mission Sisters.

It is set to an unnamed tune, also by Winter, which has Common time. In the key of C, the first few notes are C D E_ F F ED C_



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The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
When I stand on a rolling hill and I look out to the sea,
I can feel the force of freedom finding fellowship with me.
I can hear a call to courage to be all that I can be.
Then I know that I have known .... mystery.

When I walk through a wooded grove to admire nature's art,
I can feel her weave her wisdom on the webbing of my heart.
I can heart her invitation to be part of all I seee.
Then I know that I have known .... mystery.

As I run through the sunlight and the shadows of the years,
I can feel a strong sensation through the silence of the spheres.
I can hear a call to loving all, to immortality.

It's the song of the universe, as the aeons fall away.
It's the song that the stars sing and all the planets play.
It's a song to the Power neither your or I can see.
It's a song to the One who is Mystery.


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