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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, 1 July 2015


Horatio R. Palmer, 1868

Ma f' ara fun 'danwo, nitor' ese ni
Isegun kan yio f' ipa miran fun o
Ma ja bi okunrin, segun ibinu
Ma tejumo Jesu, yio mu o la ja


'Bere k' Olugbala fi
'Pa oun 'tunu fun o
On fe ran o lowo
Yio mu o la ja.

Ma ko egbe k' egbe, ma soro 'koro
Mase pe oruko Olorun l' asan
Je eniti nronu at' olotito
Ma wo Jesu titi, yio mu o la ja.

Olorun yio f' ade f' enit' o segun
B' a tile nsubu a fi 'gbagbo segun
Olugbala wa yio f' agbara fun wa
Ma wo Jesu titi, yio mu o la ja.

Source: Yoruba Baptist Hymnal #650
Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin;
Each victory will help you some other to win;
Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue,
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.

Ask the Savior to help you,
Comfort, strengthen and keep you;
He is willing to aid you,
He will carry you through.

Shun evil companions, bad language disdain,
God’s Name hold in reverence, nor take it in vain;
Be thoughtful and earnest, kindhearted and true,
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.

To him that o’ercometh, God giveth a crown;
Through faith we shall conquer, though often cast down;
He Who is our Savior our strength will renew;
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.

Horatio R. Palmer

Palmer’s mother died when he was three years old. At age seven, he began singing in the church choir directed by his father, Anson B. Palmer. Horatio attended the Rushford Academy in New York, then taught there, 1855-1865, becoming the Academy’s music director, and organizing a cornet band there.
Palmer later moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he was choir director at the Second Baptist Church. In addition, he published the magazine Concordia.
Palmer moved back to New York in 1873, and set up the Church Choral Union in 1881. The organization eventually grew to 20,000 singers, and per-formed in locations such as Madison Square Garden in New York City (where it fielded a 4,000 member choir). Palmer went on to organize similar groups in New York state, Pennsylania, and Washington, DC. In 1877, the Summer School of Music at Chautauqua, New York, was established, and Palmer led it for 14 years. He also conducted annual music festivals in Courtland, New York, and directed the choir at the Broome Street Tabernacle in New York City for 11 years.

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  1. Kudos to you. Nice idea, your blog is really helping. The only suggestion I will like to make is to start adding hymn numbers for easy search. Thanks alot

    1. Thank you for your compliment. It's a pleasure to know that the blog is helping.

      Adding hymn number is a great idea but I am not sure I can do that here.

      However, if you are using a laptop, you can easily click on the drop down buttons on the right end of the page, the blog archive column. Clicking on the years and months will allow you to see the different hymns on the blog. It is more like a table of content. The good news is that this is possible if you are using your phone as well. Although it doesn't show the blog archive column at first, there is a way. Just scroll to the end of the webpage and you will see an option to view web version. I hope this helps.

      Thank you once again.

  2. Okay dear. I really appreciate you

  3. Thank you dear. I really appreciate

  4. Just to encourage you that your goal is being accomplished : need meeting indeed. A Yoruba hymn dropped in my spirit and I googled it and this blog cropped hence I got here and found the hymn. God bless you for meeting the needs of those of us raised with hymns and those who have found love for it.