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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...

Wednesday, 10 September 2014


Words: Andrew Reed, 1829

Emi orun, gbadura wa,
Wa gbenu ile yi
Sokale pel'agbara Re,
Wa, Emi Mimo wa.

Wa b'imole, si fihan wa
Baini wa ti po to;
Wa, to wa si ona iye,
Ti olododo n rin.

Wa bi ina ebo mimo:
Sokan wa di mimo;
Je ki okan wa je ore,
Foruko Oluwa.

Wa bi iri, si wa bukun
Akoko mimo yi:
Ki okan alaileso wa
Le yo l'agbara Re.

Wa bi adaba, n'apa Re,
Apa ife mimo;
Wa je ki ijo Re laye
Dabi ijo torun.

Emi orun, gbadura wa,
Saye yi dile Re;
Sokale pel'agbara Re,
Wa, Emi Mimo wa.

Spirit divine, attend our prayers,
and make this house thy home;
descend with all thy gracious powers,
O come, great Spirit, come!

Come as the light; to us reveal
our emptiness and woe,
and lead us in those paths of life
whereon the righteous go.

Come as the fire and purge our hearts
like sacrificial flame;
let our whole soul an offering be
to our Redeemer's Name.

Come as the dove, and spread thy wings,
the wings of peaceful love;
and let thy Church on earth become
blest as the Church above.

Come as the dew and sweetly bless
this consecrated hour;
may barrenness rejoice to own
thy fertilizing power.

Spirit divine, attend our prayers,
make a lost world thy home;
descend with all thy gracious powers;
O come, great Spirit, come!

Reed, Andrew, D.D., son of Andrew Reed, was born in London on Nov. 27, 1787, and educated for the Congregational Ministry at Hackney College, London. He was first the pastor of the New Road Chapel, St. George's-in-the-East, and then of the Wycliffe Chapel, which was built through his exertions in 1830. His degree was conferred by Yule College, America. He died Feb. 25, 1862.

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  1. Thank you Precious AY. This childhood favorite of mine. Your blog came to my rescue today when I needed this Yoruba version in the course of my pastoral work. Of course I have the English version but it doesn't elicit the same emotion :-) God bless you. Cheers.

    1. Sela, could you please send the English version?

  2. Yes, I know that feeling. You're much welcome. Amen and God bless you too.

  3. God bless you for the yoruba version.

  4. Is there a way I can get the sheet music of popular tune for this hymn (https://youtu.be/UeT0NN_SIn4)? Can't seem to find it anywhere.
    Thanks for this great work.
    Remain blessed always

  5. Must love and thanks.... Was actually seaching for gbo adura wa oba orun gbati a wole fun oo