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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...

Friday, 27 March 2015

Itan Kan Wa Fawon Orile

H. Ernest Nichol, 1896

Itan kan wa fawon orile
Ti yo tun okan won se
Itan otito, ti o si dun
Itan alafia, oun'mole,
Itan alafia, oun'mole.

Tori okunkun yo di oye
Oye yo dosan gangan
Ijoba nla Krist' yo gba aye
'Joba ife ati'mole

A lorin kan ko f'orilede,
Ti wo gbokan won s'Oluwa,
Orin ta fi segun Esu,
A o se oko, a o si run'da,
A o se oko, a o si run'da.

A ni ise kan je forile-ede,
P'Oluwa to joba loke,
Ti ran 'Mo Re lati gba wa la,
O fi han wa pe 'Fe l'Olorun
Pe Ife ni Olorun.

A l'Olugbala kan fi han 'raye,
En' t'O koja nu 'banuje,
Ki gbogbo eniyan agbaye
Le gb' otito oro Olorun,
Le gb' otito oro Olorun.

Source: Yoruba Baptist Hymnal #642
We’ve a story to tell to the nations,
That shall turn their hearts to the right,
A story of truth and mercy,
A story of peace and light,
A story of peace and light.
For the darkness shall turn to dawning,
And the dawning to noonday bright;
And Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth,
The kingdom of love and light.

We’ve a song to be sung to the nations,
That shall lift their hearts to the Lord,
A song that shall conquer evil
And shatter the spear and sword,
And shatter the spear and sword.

We’ve a message to give to the nations,
That the Lord who reigns up above
Has sent us His Son to save us,
And show us that God is love,
And show us that God is love.

We’ve a Savior to show to the nations,
Who the path of sorrow has trod,
That all of the world’s great peoples
Might come to the truth of God,
Might come to the truth of God.

H. Ernest Nichol

H. Ernest Nichol (b. Hull, Yorkshire, England, 1862; d. Skirlaugh, Yorkshire, England, 1926) had begun a study program in civil engineering when he decided to study music instead. In 1888 he received a bachelor's degree in music from Oxford University. Nichol wrote some 130 hymn tunes and texts, many under the pseudonym “Colin Sterne” (derived from his middle and last name); many were first sung at church school programs. 

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1 comment:

  1. I was singing this song in my spirit today and I decided to google it. Thanks so much for posting it. God will continue to bless your ministry. We've got a story to tell the nation. May God help us.