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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, 18 April 2016


Words: Lewis Hensley, 1867
Music: St. Cecilia, Kingsland

Krist' ki 'joba Re de,
Ki ase Re bere;
F' opa-rin Re fo
Gbogbo ipa ese.

Ijoba ife da,
Ati t' Alafia?
Gbawo ni irira
Yio tan bi t'orun?

Akoko na ha da,
T' ote yio pari,
Ika at' ireje,
Pelu ifekufe?

Oluwa joo, dide,
Wa n'nu agbara Re;
Fi ayo fun awa
Ti o nsaferi Re

Eda ngan ooko Re,
'Koko nje agbo Re;
Iwa 'tiju pupo
Nfihan pe 'fe tutu.

Ookun bole sibe,
Ni ile keferi:
Dide 'Rawo ooro,
Dide, mase wo mo.

Source: Yoruba Baptist Hymnal #149
Thy kingdom come, O God!
Thy rule, O Christ begin!
Break with thine iron rod
the tyrannies of sin!

Where is thy reign of peace,
and purity and love?
When shall all hatred cease,
as in the realms above?

When comes the promised time
that war shall be no more,
oppression, lust, and crime
shall flee thy face before?

We pray thee, Lord, arise,
and come in thy great might;
revive our longing eyes,
which languish for thy sight.

Men scorn thy sacred Name,
and wolves devour thy fold;
by many deeds of shame we
learn that love grows cold.

O'er heathen lands afar thick
darkness broodeth yet: arise, O Morning Star, arise, and never set!

Hensley, Lewis, M.A., born May, 1824, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where in 1846 he graduated as Senior Wrangler, and first Smith's Prizeman. From 1846 to 1852 he was a Fellow and Assistant Tutor of Trinity College. Taking Holy Orders in 1851, he held successively the Curacy of Upton-with-Chalvey, Bucks; the Vicarage of Ippolyts-with-Great-Wymondly, Hertfordshire, and that of Hitchin, in the same county; Rural Dean, 1867. His works include Household Devotions; Shorter Household Devotions, &c. His hymns appeared in his Hymns for the Sundays after Trinity, London, Bell & Daldy, 1864; and Hymns for the Minor Sundays from Advent to Whitsuntide, London, Bell & Daldy, 1867. His Advent hymn, "Thy Kingdom come, O God," is from the latter of these works.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


  1. Replies
    1. Thank for bringing alive those hymns of old that drew our hearts to the kingdom of God. The kingdom of peace and righteousness

  2. God bless you darling sis. My spirit is highly lifted through your collection of hymns, as I prefer them being sung in Yoruba than English. Do give me a deeper inspiration/ministration.

  3. I so much value this work. More grace!!!

  4. Omobola Babs-Akinyeye15 February 2018 at 10:02

    Thanks be to God for giving one of His daughter so great inspiration. What a blessing? God bless you real good. More anointing.

  5. Thank you so much for the hymns. Inspiring and encouraging

  6. thank you for this hymns collection...your blog has helped a whole lot to get yoruba hymns online...you're doing a great job...please keep it up!

    1. You are welcome sir. I will keep it up by His grace .