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Words: Lewis Hensley, 1867 Music: St. Cecilia, Kingsland Krist' ki 'joba Re de, Ki ase Re bere; F' opa-rin Re fo Gbogbo...

Sunday, 26 January 2014


Author: Cecil Frances Alexander (1852)
Jesu npe wa l' osan, l' oru
Larin irumi aiye;
Lojojumo l' a ngb' ohun Re
Wipe, "Kristian, tele Mi."

Awon Apostili 'gbani,
Ni odo Galili ni;
Nwon ko ile, ona sile,
Gbogbo nwon si nto lehin.

Jesu npe wa larin lala
Aiye wa buburu yi;
Larin Afe aiye, O nwi
Pe, "Kristian, e feran Mi."

Larin ayo at' ekun wa,
Larin 'rora on osi,
Tantan L' O npe l' ohun rara
Pe, "Kristian, e feran Mi."

Olugbala, nip' anu Re,
Je ki a gbo ipe Re,
F' eti 'gboran fun gbogbo wa,
K' a fe O ju aiye lo.
Jesus calls us: o'er the tumult
Of our life's wild, restless sea;
Day by day his sweet voice soundeth
Saying, "Christian, follow me."

As, of old, apostles heard it
By the Galilean lake,
Turned from home and toil and kindred,
Leaving all for his dear sake.
Jesus calls us from the worship
Of the vain world's golden store,
From each idol that would keep us, saying,
"Christian, love me more."

In our joys and in our sorrows, Days of toil and hours of ease,
Still he calls, in cares and pleasures,
"Christian, love me more than these."

 Jesus calls us: by thy mercies,
Saviour, may we hear thy call,
Give our hearts to thy obedience,
Serve and love thee best of all.

Alexander, Cecil Frances, née Humphreys, second daughter of the late Major John Humphreys, Miltown House, co. Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1823, and married in 1850 to the Rt. Rev. W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Mrs. Alexander's hymns and poems number nearly 400. They are mostly for children, and were published in her Verses for Holy Seasons, with Preface by Dr. Hook, 1846; Poems on Subjects in the Old Testament, pt. i. 1854, pt. ii. 1857; Narrative Hymns for Village Schools, 1853; Hymns for Little Children, 1848; Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858; The Legend of the Golden Prayers 1859; Moral Songs, N.B.; The Lord of the Forest and his Vassals, an Allegory, &c.; or contributed to the Lyra Anglicana, the S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hymns, Hymns Ancient & Modern, and other collections. Some of the narrative hymns are rather heavy, and not a few of the descriptive are dull, but a large number remain which have won their way to the hearts of the young, and found a home there. Such hymns as "In Nazareth in olden time," "All things bright and beautiful," "Once in Royal David's city," "There is a green hill far away," "Jesus calls us o'er the tumult," "The roseate hues of early dawn," and others that might be named, are deservedly popular and are in most extensive use. Mrs. Alexander has also written hymns of a more elaborate character; but it is as a writer for children that she has excelled. - John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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