Niinue (Lift Me Up/ I’m Pressing On) Hymn Lyrics by Sarah Kiarie/ Enid Moraa (Tenzi 144)

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(Sung in Swahili)

Version 2: by Enid Moraa (YouTube)

Mbeleni naendelea, (I’m pressing on the upward way)
Ninazidi kutembea (New heights I’m gaining every day)
Mombi uyasikie (Still praying as I’m onward bound)
Ee Bwana unipandishe (Lord, plant my feet on higher ground)

Ee Bwana uniinue (Lord, lift me up and let me stand)
Kwa imani nisimame (By faith, on Heaven’s table land)
Nipande milima yote (A higher plane than I have found)
Ee Bwana unipandishe (Lord, plant my feet on higher ground)

Sina tamaa ni nikae (My heart has no desire to stay)
Mahali pa shaka kamwe (Where doubts arise and fears dismay)
Hapo wengi wanakaa (Though some may dwell where those abound)
Kuendelea naomba (My prayer, my aim, is higher ground)

Nisikae duniani (I want to live above the world)
Ni mahali pa shetani (Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled)
Natazamia mbiguni (For faith has caught the joyful sound)
Nitafika kwa imani (The song of saints on higher ground)

(Chorus)

Nataka nipandishwe juu (I want to scale the utmost height)
Zaidi ya ee mawingu (And catch a gleam of glory bright)
Nitaomba nisikize (But still I’ll pray till Heav’n I’ve found)
Ee Bwana unipandishe (Lord, plant my feet on higher ground)
(Repeat)

(Chorus)

Notes:
The English translation in this song is not exact. The Swahili version was adopted from the original hymn, that is why the translation is the hymn itself. Otherwise, the translation differs for example as follows: (Verse 1 + Chorus)

I’m moving forward/I am pressing on/Listen to my prayers /Oh Father lift me up
Oh Father Lift me up/to stand in faith/To climb all hills/ Oh Father lift me up.

Wewe ni Bwana (You are the Lord) by Enid Moraa

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Verse 1:

Wewe ni Bwana, juu ya mabwana (You are the Lord of Lords)
Ufalme wako, wadumu milele (Your kingdom endures forever)
Wewe ni Bwana, juu ya mabwana (You are the Lord of lords)
Umetukuka, milele amina (You are praiseworthy forever Amen.)

Chorus:

Wewe ni Bwana, juu ya mabwana (You are the Lord of Lords)
Ufalme wako, wadumu milele (Your kingdom endures forever)
Wewe ni Bwana, juu ya mabwana (You are the Lord of lords)
Umetukuka, milele amina (You are praiseworthy forever Amen.)

Verse 2:

Katoka juu, mbinguni kaja hapa duniani (From heaven you came to earth)
kamwaga damu kalivari, ili nipate kombolewa(You spilled your blood at calvary that I would be saved)
Na nimeokoka, nioshwa dhambi Nimekuwa safi, (I am saved, My sins are washed, I am cleansed)
ninakusifu Milele na milele na mile-ele (I will praise you forever and ever)

(Chorus)

Verse 3:

Majaribu yaja, shida nazo zaja (Temptations came together with troubles)
Kila siku mbio, ni katika vita (Every day is a battle)
Adui hatasita kunimaliza, nami nimeuona mkondo wa Yesu (The enemy wouldn’t hesitate to defeat me, but I have seen Jesus’ way)
Msaada wangu, tegemeo langu, Mwambwa imara wake nasimama (My help, my haven, on His solid rock I stand)
NImeweka imani kwa yule aliye mwaminifu (I have put my faith on the one who is faithful)

(Chorus)

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