Pores open and hairs rise
Minds calm and thoughts flow
Knees bow in marriage to earth
As eyelids fall like drapes of windows
Arms stretch open wide
Lips quiver in tongues unheard
And with the winds, and with the trees
My body sways in praise of Your Name
Atobitan, Atọbatan, Atọbatẹlẹ![i]
My voice will chant hymns
To Him who made all beings
With the waves of the oceans
My shouts will roar
With the song of birds
My praise will rise
My soul will worship You
From the depth of my being
I will fall with the rain
At Your feet, Aileka[iii]!
I will shine with the stars
And extol Your glory, Lord God!
I will flow with the springs
And run all around for You!
I will roar with the thunder
And dethrone earthly gods!
How I wish my praises
Can build You a mighty castle!
But You are far much bigger
Than anything I could ever give You!
And if my heart can tear through space
To reach Your giant ears in glory—
What more can I ask for, Adaye[iv]!
If my life is just a span
I will drop my tears in the oceans
That my tears will join the seas
And worship You beyond the span of life
And adore you beyond my days
If my breath is just a puff
I will breathe my breath into air
That my breath will join the winds
And praise You beyond the puff of life
And extol You when I’m long gone
If You carved all things for Your pleasure
I will join in the dynamics of nature
And please You with the ever changing seasons!
And praise You with a billion timeless wonders!
The dead cannot praise You, Akọkọ[v]!
The dead cannot praise You, Ipẹkun[vi]!
And we shall praise You, GOD
Till the end of our days!
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Glossary of Yorùbá words
[i] The Biggest, the Kingliest, the Sovereignty!
[ii] Owner of the Earth!
[iii] the Uncountable
[iv] Maker of the Universe
[v] the Prime
[vi] the End