Major Daniel Webster Whittle was an American gospel song lyricist, Evangelist, and Bible Teacher, Whittle was named after American politician (and dictionary compiler) Daniel Webster.
Whittle was born in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, on November 22, 1840 and died in 1901
Whittle learned about God at a young age. He grew up learning Bible stories and Scripture verses, but he struggled with whether or not to give his life to Christ.
At age 21, Daniel served in the military during the Civil War. In 1861 he enlisted as a second lieutenant and left to fight for one year. D. W. Whittle married Abbie Hanson, August 22, 1862
“Major Whittle, was injured in the Civil War and lost his right arm – so he returned home. While in the war hospital, he wanted something to read, he found the new testament, While he was reading it, a nurse approached him and asked him, a dying soldier wanted someone to pray with him, which he declined, But I thought you were a Christian; I have seen you reading your Bible, Whittle then agreed to go, “I dropped on my knees and held the boy’s hand in mine. In a few broken words I confessed my sins and asked Christ to forgive me. When I arose from my knees, he was dead. A look of peace had come over his troubled face, and I cannot but believe that God, Who used him to bring me to the Saviour, used me to lead him to trust Christ’s precious blood and find pardon. I hope to meet him in heaven.”
Shortly after this experience, Daniel Whittle became the treasurer of Elgin Watch Company in Chicago, lllinois, he entered into the evangelism field, where he met another man who influence him greatly, D.L. Moody, he also work with Phillip Bliss and James McGranahan. His daughter May Moody also wrote music to some of his lyrics.
Daniel Whittle wrote over 200 hymns including “The Banner of the Cross,” “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing,” and “Moment by Moment.”
ENGLISH VERSION – There shall be showers of blessing
- “THERE shall be showers of blessing”. This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing, Sent from the Saviour above.
Show…ers of blessing, Showers of blessing we need;
Mercy drops round us are falling, But for the showers we plead.
- “There shall be showers of blessing” Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys, Sound of abundance of rain.
- “There shall be showers of blessing.” Send them upon us, O Lord!
Grant to us now a refreshing; Come, and now honour thy word.
- “There shall be showers of blessing:” Oh, that to-day they might fall,
Now, as to God, we’re confessing, Now as on Jesus we call!
- “There shall be showers of blessing,” If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing, If we let God have His way.
YORUBA VERSION – Ojo ibukun y’o si ro
1.Ojo ibukun y’o si ro Ileri ife l’eyi
Ao ni itura didun Lat’odo Olugbala
Ojo ibukun! Ojo ibukun la nfe
Iri anu nse yi wa ka Sugbon ojo l’a ntoro
- Ojo ibukun y’o si ro Isoji iyebiye
Lori oke on petele Iro opo ojo mbo
- Ojo ibukun y’o si ro Ran won si wa Oluwa
Fun wa ni itura didun Wa, f’ola fun Oro Re
- Ojo ibukun y’o si ro Iba je le ro loni
B’a ti njewo f’Olorun wa T’a npe oruko Jesu
- Ojo ibukun y’o si ro Bi a ba gbeke wa le
A o ni itura didun Bi Olorun ngbe ’nu wa