O kou aloha no

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1 O kou aloha no
A ia i ka Lani,
A o kou oiai'o,
He hemoleleho'i.

2 Kou nohomihi anna
A pa'ahao la,
O oi ku'u lama
kou nani, ko''u ko'o.

3 Mai nana 'ino'ino
Na hewa o kanaka,
Aka, e huikala,
a ma'ema'e no.

4 Nolaila e ka Haku
Malalo okou eheu
Ko makou maluhia,
a mau loa aku no.

English translation (not intended to be sung) -
Your love is in heaven and your truth so perfect.
I live in sorrow imprisoned;
you are my light, your glory my support.
Behold not with malevolence the sins of humankind,
but forgive and cleanse.
And so, Lord, beneath your wings be our peace forever more.

Source: The New Century Hymnal #580

Author: Queen Liliuokalani

Liliuokalani, the last monarch of Hawaii, was born on September 2, 1838, as Lydia Lili‘u Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamaka‘eha. She studied music from a young age, learned to sing and play several instruments, and would eventually write more than 160 songs, mostly about Hawaiian life and culture. The most popular is Aloha Oe, the story of two lovers parting reluctantly. She became Queen in 1890 following the death of her brother Kalakaua. He had been forced by powerful business interests from the mainland to accept a new constitution that greatly reduced his power and effectively disenfranchised the native Hawaiians. Liliuokalani attempted to replace that constitution with another, fairer one, but instead, in a shocking coup, a group of b… Go to person page >

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First Line: O kou aloha no
Author: Queen Liliuokalani (1893)
Language: Hawaiian



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