Aotearoa Hymns
Hymns by Bill Wallace
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AOTEAROA
1. Land of shining primal forests (Primal Forests)


Land of shining primal forests,
Sculptured ribbon framed by sea;
Land of mystic snow-clad markers
Charged with raw vitality;..............
2. Land of shining primal forests (Aotearoa)
3. Dearest Earth our mother Dearest Earth, our mother,
Kind and bountiful;
Loving all your children,
Giving life to all;..................
4. Aotearoa, spirits' glorious home Aotearoa,
Spirits' glorious home,
Mountain, lake and forest
Form our spirits' womb.............
NEW ZEALAND BENEDICITE
5. Let the life of the waters (Benedicite Chant)


Let the life of the waters praise you, praise you O God;
Let the life of the air praise you O God;
Let the life of the earth praise you,
praise you, praise you O God................

6. Let the life of the waters (Barry Brinson Chant)
BELONGING AND IDENTITY
7.Celebrate the bush and cities


Celebrate the bush and cities,
Honour people and the land,
Weave their many diverse cultures
Till they form one golden strand...............

8.Is this place our motherland? Is this place our motherland
Or is home across the sea?
Is our culture somewhere else
Or found here both strong and free? .................
THE TREATY
9.The mountains and the forests [The three covenants]


The mountains and the forests,
The fields and sparkling seas,
The sap that throbs around us
In joyful unity................

10.Come says the Kotuku "Come" says the Kõtuku
"Fly to the future with grace."
"Search" says the Kõtuku
"Seek wisdom's human face." .................
MAORI LANGUAGE
11.When the spirit of the nation


When the spirit of the nation
Is not rooted in the soil
Where people love and play,
Where people strive and toil, ...............

ADVENT
12.Signs of hope


Signs of hope in nature
Come like godwits' flight
Raising with cicadas
Songs within the night.................

CHRISTMAS
13.Christmas bathed in sunlight


?Christmas bathed sunlight!
Easter with no Spring!
How shall Southern Christians
Festive praises sing? .................
14.Jesus in a cow shed
Jesus in a cow shed,
Birth cries mixed with moos.
Farmers in their gumboots
Informed by money news.
Wise men now predicting
Patterns, markets choose.....................
POHUTUKAWA
15.O Pohutukawa tree ( Pohutukawa)


O Pohutukawa tree
Green as Easter morn,
In the sunrise of your crown
Christmas fire is born................

16.O Pohutukawa tree (Prophet's Cross)
NOR-WEST ARCH
17.When the mountains stand (Nor-west Arch)


When the mountains stand uplifted high
And the Nor'-West clouds prevail
A landscape of golden hopes and dreams
Is spread like a magic tale...................

18.When mountains stand (Cranmer) When mountains stand uplifted high
And Nor'-West clouds unfold
A host of magic hopes and dreams
Emerge like woven gold.................
S.I. WEST COAST
19.Land where the mountains


Land where the mountains touch the sea
And narrow plains are green;
Framed by the rounded forms of bush
God's image is clearly seen................

MULTICULTURALISM
20.A home for all people


A home for all people
The church should be
He kãinga mo te katoa
It shall be.................

21.A home for all people (Guitar).