Author Of Beauty

This hymn about God revealed in creation was written by Australia Roman Catholic (Franciscan Missionary of Mary) religious sister, Irene O'Connor FMM (ref).   It was originally released under the name Myriam Frances.

It was written in the 1960s while she was working as a teacher in Singapore, and first recorded on an EP, Rhythm to the Lord, which was released there by Phillips in 1966.  Later the song was included on Sing a Song to the Lord, an LP (ref), which was recorded and released by Phillips in Australia in 1973.   
It is now used as a prayer-song in a number of schools in the Indian sub-continent.

The catalogue of the National Library of Australia says that a 27-page song book was produced in the 1970s, which presumably included this and all other tracks from Sing to the Lord.   No current sources of this have been found.

A person from Angalore has transcribed the tune and shared their work on Musescore:   this shows this tune as having a 4/4 time signature:  In the key of Em (moving to G in the chorus), starting notes are D EE_ GF_ ED EE_ GF_ with accompanying chords Em / D / Em / D.

     


Downloads


Examples

Original recording by Irene O'Connor:



Singer with electronic backing track:



Small choir with electronic keyboard:



Slower instrumental with on-screen lyrics:



Instrumental - electronic backing track - with on-screen lyrics:


Lyrics

1 The heavens are blue,
Proclaiming to You,
The glory of God their creator.
At sunset or night,
They're a beautiful sight,
Yes they show forth the Glory of God.

Chorus:
Author of beauty, God on high,
It is for You that I sigh,
As long as I live, my love I shall give
To You Lord my God most high.
As long as I live, my love I shall give
To You Lord my God most high.
And all my days
I will sing to Your praise
I adore you my God most high.

2 The surging of seas,
The wind in the trees,
Breathe a music of God in nature.
In songs of a bird,
Nature's music is heard,
Yes they sing forth the glory of God.


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1 The heavens are blue,
Proclaiming to You,
The glory of God their creator.
At sunset or night,
They're a beautiful sight,
Yes they show forth the Glory of God.

Chorus:
Author of beauty, God on high,
It is for You that I sigh,
As long as I live, my love I shall give
To You Lord my God most high.
As long as I live, my love I shall give
To You Lord my God most high.
And all my days
I will sing to Your praise
I adore you my God most high.

2 The surging of seas,
The wind in the trees,
Breathe a music of God in nature.
In songs of a bird,
Nature's music is heard,
Yes they sing forth the glory of God.

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