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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, 1 May 2015

Ogo F'Olorun Lale Yii

Text: Thomas Ken, 1637-1710
Music: Thomas Tallis, c. 1505-1585

Ogo f'Olorun l' ale yi
Fun gbogbo ore imole,
So mi, Oba awon oba
Labe ojiji iye Re

Oluwa, f' ese mi ji mi,
Nitori Omo Re loni;
K' emi le wa l' Alafia
Pelu Iwo ati aiye.

Ko mi ki nwa, kin le ma wo
Iboji t'emi b' eni mi;
Ko mi, ki nku, kin le dide
Ninu ogo l' ojo 'dajo.

Je k' okan mi le sun le O
K' orun  didun p' oju mi de;
Orun ti y'o m' ara mi le
Ki nle sin O li owuro.

Bi mo ba dubule laisun,
F' ero orun kun okan mi
Ma je ki nl' ala buburu
Ma je k' ipa okun bo mi.

Yin Oluwa, gbogbo eda
Ti mbe n' isale aiye yi;
E yin l' oke, eda orun,
Yin Baba, Omo on Emi.

Source: Yoruba Baptist Hymnal #71
Glory to thee, my God, this night,
For all the blessings of the light:
Keep me, O keep me, King of kings,
Beneath thine own almighty wings

Forgive me, Lord, for thy dear Son,
the ill that I this day have done,
that with the world, myself, and thee,
I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.

Teach me to live, that I may dread
The grave as little as my bed.
Teach me to die, that so I may
Rise glorious at the judgment day.

O may my soul on thee repose,
And with sweet sleep mine eyelids close,
Sleep that may me more vigorous make
To serve my God when I awake.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Thomas Ken

Many congregations unknowingly sing a stanza each Sunday by Bishop Thomas Ken (1637-1710). What numerous congregations commonly call “The Doxology” (“Praise God from whom all blessings flow...”) is actually the final stanza of Ken’s hymn.

A native of Hertfordshire, England, Ken was orphaned at age 9 and raised as the ward of Izaak Walton, the husband of his sister, Ann. After his education at Winchester College and Hart Hall, Oxford, he became a fellow of New College in 1657, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Ken was ordained in 1662 and was rector of Little Easton and chaplain to Bishop Morley. Following his appointment as chaplain to Princess Mary at the Hague and later....

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