WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS (ORE WO L’ANI BI JESU) by JOSEPH SCRIVEN 1819-1886

Joseph  Scriven the hymn lyricist of  ‘what a friend we have in Jesus’ ‘ore wo l’ani bi Jesu  was a native of Dublin, Ireland, born on Sept. 10, 1819 and died on Aug. 10, 1886.

Scriven had so many challenging story which made him to write the poem ‘what a friend we have in Jesus. After graduating from Trinity College, he had intention of getting married to his long awaited lover,after so many preparation for the wedding day, on the day before their wedding, she fell from her horse, while crossing a bridge over the River Bann and was drowned in the water below. Joseph stood helplessly watching from the other side. The impact knocked her unconscious and she drowned before Joseph arrived at the scene.

After the tragedy, at age 25, he travelled to an area Port Hope, Canada. He became highly regarded by the people of that area. He tutored some of the local children in their school work. It was there he met a wonderful young lady, Elisa Roche, and again fell in love, they planned to marry in 1854, but shortly before the wedding, Eliza fell sick with pneumonia and died in the course at age 23. This was his second time, having prepare for wedding that never happened.

Throughout the struggles and loss of his life, Scriven continue to find solace in nearness to God, whom he described as his closest friend. He had written a poem “what a friend we have in Jesus’’ to his mother, perhaps it bring some spiritual comfort to her, the poem was discovered by one of his visiting friend because  Scriven never wanted  anyone to see it .The tune to the hymn was composed by Charles Crozat Converse  in 1868. William Bolcom composed a setting of the hymn.

 

ENGLISH VERSION: WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS

  1. WHAT a friend we have in Jesus,

     All our sins and griefs to bear;

     What a privilege to carry

     Ev’rything to  God in prayer.

     Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

     All because we do not carry

     Ev’rything to God in prayer.

 

  1. Have we trials and temptations?

     Is there trouble anywhere?

     We should never be discouraged,

     Take it to the Lord in prayer.

     Can we find a Friend so faithful.

     Who will all our sorrows share?

     Jesus knows our ev’ry weakness,

     Take it to the Lord in prayer.

 

  1. Are we weak and heavy laden,

     Cumbered with a load of care?

     Precious Saviour, still our refuge,-

     Take it to the Lord in prayer.

     Do thy friend despise , forsake thee?

     Take it to the Lord in prayer:

     In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,

     Thou wilt find a solace there.  

YORUBA VERSION : ORE WO L’ANI BI JESU


1.Ore wo l’ani bi Jesu, ti o ru banuje wa!
Anfani wo lo po bayi lati ma gbadura si!
Alafia pupo l’a nsonu, a si ti je rora po,
Tori a ko fi gbogbo nkan s’adura niwaju re.

 

2.Idanwo ha wa fun wa bi? A ha nni wahala bi?
A ko gbodo so ’reti nu; sa gbadura si Oluwa.
Ko s’oloto orebi re ti ole ba wa daro,
Jesu ti mo ailera wa; sa gbadura s’Oluwa.

 

3.Eru ha nwo wa l’orun bi, aniyan ha po fun wa?
Olugbala je abo wa, sa gbadura s’Oluwa.
Awon ore ha sa o ti? Sa gbadura s’Oluwa.
Yo gbe o soke lapa re, Iwo yo si ri itunu

 

 Joseph  Scriven

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i love this song and the story behind it,i will appreciate if you can attach the video of the song as well, thanks yorubawiki

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