Probably all the readers of these lines, whether they are practising Catholics or not, will have encountered the hymns that Richard Connolly—composer, organist, pianist and broadcaster—wrote in collaboration with one of Australia’s outstanding poets: James McAuley, who died in 1976. Even if these readers cannot themselves carry the proverbial tune in a bucket, they will have heard congregations sing from the Connolly–McAuley corpus: “Help of Christians, Guard This Land”, “O Jesus Crucified”, “By Your Kingly Power, O Risen Lord”, and “Jesus In Your Heart We Find”, to name only four of the most celebrated. And once they have heard…
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