Otoe-Missouria Christian Hymns

Posted By BrokenClaw on January 25, 2007

The following text was transcribed for the Web from a pamphlet published by Earl Big Soldier Plumley sometime after 1972. He wrote the words syllable by syllable, using common English spelling fragments. The pamphlet is still used at the Otoe Baptist Church in Red Rock. These hymns are not the only ones that Mr. Plumley translated. Other transcriptions are part of Jimm GoodTrack’s Ioway, Otoe-Missouria Language project, where you will find a scholarly treatment of the translations, which can help you better understand the inflections and meaning of the words. Mr. Plumley wrote his own preface and epilogue to this pamphlet, so no further explanation is needed.

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quoteAs Wa-con-da said, Make a joyful noise unto Lord, all ye. Ma-yah. Serve the Lord with gladness before his presence with singing.I look back and reminisce the things that our forefathers and grandparents have left us… the spiritual aspect of our religious ceremonial. These songs were made by our people. I learned them when, as a kid, I was in the camp meetings the Baptist used to have at my grandfather William Faw Faw’s place east of Red Rock, Oklahoma. I tried to do the best of my ability and knowledge in the wording of these songs.Take one home and treasure it for your children.God bless you,
Earl Plumley

JESUS PAID IT ALL

He-wa-ge, lo-ma-yun-da
Da-goo-a-stan, he-ge-on-we
He-wa-ge, lo-ma-yun-da
I-lay-he-glee-tau-na

Chorus

Wa-con-da-ye-nay
A-wa-nah-hay-da
Da-goo-a-stan,
he-ge-on-we
Ne-nu-ye, who-we-lay

(Twice)

SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER

Hea-wa-ke-glo-khe
Hea-wa-ke-glo-khe
Ah-lay-hea-wa-ke-glo
Khe-we
Da-goo-a-stun
Hun-way-ah-lay

Hea-glee-tau-na
Da-goo-a-stun
He-wa-gee-lo-khe
Le-stun-me-k-
Le-gaw-khay-nau

Wa-lun-thun-nay
Wo-chee-khe-k-
Wa-can-da-stun
He-wa-gee-lo-khe

ALMOST PERSUADED

Mau-yua-hun-way-da
He-wa-ge-low-sckee
Mau-yua-hum-way-da
He-gle-tau-na.

Jesus-a-wa-nau-hay
Me-k-la-la-ge-oon-da
Man-yua-hum-way-da
He-gle-tau-na

(Twice)

THERE IS A FOUNTAIN

Jesus, hon-sch-whe-oo-wa-na
Man-yun-jay-ge-wa-na-hay-da
Da-gou-a-ah-wa-thau-jay-da-hay

Ah-lay-who-ge-way-tau-na
Hon-way-dau-way-wa-wa-ge-we
Hun-gla-key-pa-tau-na

E-lay-way-dau-hay
Lu-za-ge-we
Ah-lay-who-ge-way-tau-na

(Twice)

OH HOW I LOVE JESUS

Jesus-hon-cha-keoo-wa-na
Oh-lay-he-wa-keglo-he-wa
Oh-lay-he-wa-keglo-he-wa
E-tun-way-way-gla-he-we-k

Chorus

Oh-he-ye-no-Jesus
Oh-he-ye-no-Jesus
Oh-he-ye-no-Jesus
E-tun-way-way-gla-he-we-k

(Twice)

BLESSED ASSURANCE

He-ye-no-Jesus, way-way-gla-wun-we
He-ye-no-Jesus, way-way-gla-wun-we

Mau-yun-oo-hun-wa-da
Way-way-gla-wun-we
Who-we-lay-we-wa-gaw-we-na

Who-we-lay-we-wa-gaw-we-na
He-ye-no-Jesus, way-way-gla-wun-we
He-ye-no-Jesus, way-way-gla-wun-we

Mau-yun-oo-hun-wa-da
Way-way-gla-wun-we

DOES JESUS CARE

Wa-con-da-stun, nun-schee-pe-oun
Woo-chee-khee-dau-a-stun
Hon-way, he-gle

Hon-way-ja-lay-woo-chee-khee-kay
Wa-con-da, oun-glay-su-nay

Hon-way-wo-chee-khee-I-lay-ja-lay
Wa-con-da, oun-glay-su-nay

(Twice)

TAKE THE NAME OF JESUS WITH YOU

He-ye-no-Jesus naw-ho-way-dau-we-no
Me-kay-he-wa-ge-lo-sch-we-da

Wa-lu-thun-nay-he-wa-nee-we
Wa-wa-ge-bay-tau-na-hay

Chorus

He-new-ne-who-we-lay
Ha-way-ge-law-mau-yan-da
He-ne-who-we-lay
Ma-yan-jay-ge-wa-sch-he

(Twice)

AMAZING GRACE

Jesus, me-kay-le-gla-sch-na
Ah-lay-le-ge-nau-yee
Wa-le-glo-sch-oon-gla-su-na
Jesus, nau-dun-dun-na

(Twice)

SILENT NIGHT

Ha-hay-ge-lo, a-sco-nee-tau
Wa-con-da, con-gla-su-nay
Wa-con-da-ye-nay, he-wa-le-gla-schee

Da-goo-a-stun, he-wa-gee-oon-we
Wa-con-da-ye-nay, he-wa-le-glo-schee
He-ye-no, wa-con-da-yea-nau

(Twice)

JESUS LOVER OF MY SOUL

Jesus, nau-tau-gla-su-nay
Wa-con-da, he-glu-thay-lay
Wa-con-da, jay-su-haw-oon

Ha-way-gee, con-gla-su-nay
Le-lay-me-kay, le-gla-sch-nau
Wa-con-da, he-glu-thay-lay

(Twice)

NEARER MY GOD TO THEE

Jesus, a-wa-na-hay
Me-lay-oon-gla-schee
He-neu-ye-who-we-lay
Mah-yo-hon-way-do

Hon-way-oo-la-ga-da
Wa-schee-sche-who-way-tau-na
He-ye-no-Jesus, nau-hae-way-da-we.

(Twice)

ONLY TRUST HIM

Jesus, ma-yun-oo-ha-way-da
Wa-wa-gue-na-we
Jesus, na-yum-oo-ha-way-da
Wa-wa-gue-na-we

Oh, Jesus-me-kay-wa-le-glo-sche-we-da
Way-way-glu-they-we
Oh, Jesus-mun-yun-oo-ha-way-da
Wa-wa-gue-na-we

GOD BE WITH YOU

Wa-con-da-ye-na-a-wow-nun
Da-que-a-stun-he-gaw-we
Hun-way-ge-lo-mun-ye

Man-yuo-hun-way-ah-he-gle-tau-na
Man-yuo-hun-way-da-way-way-gla-won-we

Hun-way-gee-lo-mau-ye-we-lay
Mau-yuo-hon-way-da, way-way-gla-wau-we
Jesus, Saviour num-ho-way-don-we

FUNERAL SONG

He-ye-no-Jesus, nun-tung-don-na
He-ye-no-Jesus, nun-tung-don-na

Wo-chee-sche-hun-way, ee-yun-jau-lay
He-ye-no-Jesus, nun-tung-don-na

MY JESUS I LOVE THEE

Wa-con-da-ye-nay-ne
He-wa-ke-glo-sche-kay
He-way-I-lay-gla-ja
He-gle-tau-na

Wa-con-da, ye-na-ne
He-wa-le-glo-sche-kay
If ever I loved thee, my Jesus ’tis now.

OLD BAPTIST SONG

Wa-con-da-nun-tung-don-na, Wa-con-da-nun-tung-don-na,

Wa-con-da-nun-tung-don-na, Wa-con-da-nun-tung-don-na,

He-ye-no-Jesus, nun-tung-don-na,
Wa-con-da-nun-tung-don-na,

Wa-con-da-nun-tung-don-na, Wa-con-da-nun-tung-don-na,

Wa-con-da-nun-tung-don-na, Wa-con-da-nun-tung-don-na,

He-ye-no-Jesus, nun-whoo-way-don-we
Wa-con-da-nun-whoo-way-don-we

When I was in the hospital in 1972 critically ill, about two o’clock in the morning, I could hear a great choir coming closer, as I lay there. It seemed like the angels in heaven with their melodious voices. I knew that God had spared my life. So I wrote this song, with the best of my knowledge of the Otoe-Missouri words.I hope these songs here can be an inspiration to you. These are the songs our mothers and fathers and grandparents have sung. So love one another as God loves you.
Ju-jay-pe

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