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Friday, 25 December 2015

Mo N Tesiwaju Lona Na

Author: Johnson Oatman Jr (1856-1952)

Mo'n te siwaju lona na
Mo'n goke si lojojumo
Mo n'gbadura bi mo nti lo
Oluwa jo gbe mi soke

Oluwa jo gbe mi soke
Fami lo si ibigiga
Apata to ga jumi lo
Oluwa jo Gbe mi soke
Ife okan mi ko duro
Larin ‘yemeji at’eru
Awon miran le ma gbe’be
Ibi giga l’okan mi nfe.

Ife okan mi ko duro
Larin 'yemeji at'eru
Awon miran le ma gbe'be
Ibi giga lokan mi fe

Mo fe ki nga ju aye lo
Ninu Ogo didan julo
Mo ngbadura ki nle de ‘be
Oluwa mumi de ‘le na.

Fa mi lo si ibi giga
L’asi Te nko ni le de ‘be
Fa mi titi d’oke orun
Ki nkorin lat’ibi giga.

I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

Lord, lift me up, and let me stand
By faith on Canaan’s tableland;
A higher plane than I have found,
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where these abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.

I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled; For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.

I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till rest I’ve found,
“Lord, lead me on to higher ground.”

Johnson Oatman Jr

Oatman attended Herbert’s Academy in Vincentown, New Jersey, and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, New Jersey. He was ordained as a Methodist Episcopal minister, but his pastoral work was confined to local churches, as he worked full time in the retail and insurance industries. He wrote lyrics for 5,000 Gospel songs. More info here.