Rock of Ages

APATA AYERAYE

  1. Apata ayeraye
    Apata ayeraye
    Se ibi isadi mi;
    Je ki omi oun eje,
    T’o n san lati iha Re,
    Se iwosan f’ese mi,
    K’o si so mi di mimo.
  2. K’ Ise ise owo mi,
    Lo le mu ofin Re se;
    B’ itara mi ko l’are,
    T’ omije mi n san titi;
    Won ko to fun etutu,
    ‘Wo nikan l’o le gbala.
  3. Ko s’ohun ti mo mu wa,
    Mo ro mo agbelebu;
    Mo wa, k’o d’aso bo mi,
    Mo n wo o fun iranwo;
    Mo wa sib’ orisun ni,
    We mi, Olugbala mi.
  4. ‘Gbati emi mi ba n lo,
    T’iku ba p’oju mi de,
    Ti mba n lo s’aye aimo,
    Ti n ri o n’ite ‘dajo;
    Apata ayeraye,
    Se ibi isadi mi.

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save me from its guilt and power.

2

Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All could never sin erase,
Thou must save, and save by grace.

3

Nothing in my hands I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress,
Helpless, look to Thee for grace:
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

4

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee

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