"Lizalis' idinga lakho" - Mandela's favourite hymn

By Drum Digital
15 December 2013

Join in, in singing one of Nelson Mandela’s favourite hymns.

The song is one of the best-known Xhosa hymns composed by the Reverend Tiyo Soga.

The hymn - Fulfil your promise, God, Lord of truth - captures hope of making a difference in the world.

It speaks of a God who fulfils his promise of saving all races.

In the milieu of history, Reverend Soga represents the face of the many African people who rose above the situation of his upbringing to study abroad.

He found expression through the Christian faith.

The song speaks of grace and forgiveness that makes a person whole.

An understanding of this kind of forgiveness helps us consider Mandela’s own choice of reconciliation and grace after he was released from prison.

Reverend Tiyo Soga - Lizalis' idinga lakho

Lizalis' idinga lakho,

Thixo, Nkosi yenyaniso!

Zonk' iintlanga, zonk' izizwe,

Mazizuze usindiso.

Amadolo kweli lizwe,

Makagobe phambi kwakho;

Zide zithi zonke iilwimi,

Ziluxel' udumo lwakho.

Law'la law'la, Nkosi, Yesu!

Koza ngaWe ukonwaba;

Ngeziphithi-phithi zethu,

Yonakele imihlaba.

Bona izwe lakowethu,

Uxolel' iizono zalo;

Ungathob' ingqumbo yakho,

Luze luf' usapho lwalo.

Yala, Nkosi, singadeli

Iimfundiso zezwi lakho;

Uze usivuselele,

Sive inyaniso yaKho. Amen.

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