'O Kou Aloha N  (1996from New Sacred Music for Hawaiian Language Chorus, Vol. 1 by Robert M. Mondoy GO Download/Print←click this for sheet music

1. 'O kou aloha n       Aia i ka lani
A 'o kou 'oia'i'o      He hemolele ho'i

1e.  O Lord, give us your light, your kindness from above,  The skies tell of your truthfulness, the rainbows, of your love.

2. Ko'u noho mihi 'ana     A pa'ahao 'ia
'O 'oe ku'u lama      Kou nani, ko'u ko'o

2e. Behold our broken world, the sins and grief we bear; But you are there to give us light, your glory shows your care.

3. Mai n
n 'ino'ino     N hewa o knaka
e huikala      A ma'ma'e n

3e. Turn, now, and grant your peace, To those who live in night, But grant us your forgiveness and cleanse us by your might.

4. No laila e ka Haku     Ma lalo o kou 'heu
Ko m
kou maluhia     A mau loa aku n

4e. Come, Lord, and bear us up; With you our hearts will soar.  Beneath your wings; your peacefulness and love for ever more.

mene.        Singable English by Robert M. Mondoy (1996)

1. Oh Lord thy loving mercy is as high as the heavens.  It tells us of thy truth and 'tis filled with holiness.


2. Whilst humbly meditating within these walls imprisoned. Thou art my light, my haven, thy glory my support.


3. Oh look not on their failings nor on the sins of men. Forgive with loving kindness that we might be made pure.


4. For thy grace I beseech thee bring us 'neath thy protection and peace will be our portion, now and forevermore.  Amen

Translation by Lili'uokalani (1895)
I believe that Lili'uokalani intended this to be a singable English translation. A "literal" translation can be found in The Queen's Songbook, see note below. rmm.

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1996  Mondoy Music  Text: Hua 'lelo: Queen Lili'uokalani (1838-1917). Singable English (on music score) by Robert M. Mondoy (b.1952). Tune: LILI'UOKALANI, Queen Lili'uokalani.   All rights reserved. Used with permission.
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