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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...

Monday, 11 January 2016

A O Sise!

Words: Fanny J Crosby, 1869
Music: W. Howard Doane, 1871

A o sise ! A o sise! Om'Olorun ni wa,
Jek' a tele ona ti Oluwa wa to;
K' a f' imoran Re so agbara wa d' otun,
K' a fi gbogbo okun wa sise t' a o se.

Foriti ! Foriti !
Foriti ! Foriti !
K' a reti, k' a s' ona
Titi Oluwa yio fi de.

A o sise ! A o sise ! Bo awon t' ebi npa,
Ko awon alare lo s' orisun iye!
Ninu agbalebu l' awa o ma s' ogo,
Nigbat' a ba nkede pe, "Ofe n'igbala,"

A o sise ! A o sise ! Gbogbo wa ni yio se,
Ijoba okunkun at'iro yio fo,
Ao si gbe oruko Jehofah leke, won,
Ninu orin iyin wa pe, "Ofe n'igbala,"

A o sise ! A o sise !  L'agbara Oluwa,
Agbada at'ade yio si je ere wa;
Ile awon oloto yio si je ti wa,
Gbogbo wa o jo ho pe, "Ofe n'igbala,"

To the work! to the work! We are servants of God,
Let us follow the path that our Master has trod;
With the might of His power our strength to renew,
Let us do by His grace what He calls us to do.

Toiling on, toiling on/4x
Let us hope and trust
Let us watch and pray
And labour till the Master comes.

To the work! To the work!Let the hungry be fed;
To the fountain of life let the weary be led;
In the cross and its banner our glory shall be,
While we herald the tidings, “Salvation is free!”

To the work! To the work! There is labour for all;
For the kingdom of darkness and error shall fall;
And the love of our Father exalted shall be,
In the loud swelling chorus, “Salvation is free!”

To the work! To the work! In the strength of the Lord,
And a robe and a crown shall our labor reward,
When the home of the faithful our dwelling shall be,
And we shout with the ransomed, “Salvation is free!”

Fanny J Crosby

Fanny Crosby was probably the most prolific hymnist in history. Though blinded by an incompetent doctor at six weeks of age, she wrote over 8,000 hymns. About her blindness, Fanny said:
It seemed intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all my life, and I thank him for the dispensation. If perfect earthly sight were offered me tomorrow I would not accept it. I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been distracted by the beautiful and interesting things about me.
In her lifetime, Fanny Crosby was one of the best known women in the United States. To this day, the vast majority of American hymnals contain her work....


  1. Bless you for this and more. Brings back great memories of growing up singing from CACGHB in yoruba. Glad I recently traced my steps back to my church.