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Lenape:     Kishelmukonk Os'hakame
English:     Our Creator in Heaven - A Lenape Hymn. . . Sung by Cornelius Wilson to the tune of How Firm A Foundation . . . recorded 1954

Lenape:     Kishelëmùkònk òs'hakame ahpu,
English:     Our Creator lives in Heaven,
Lenape:     Kiluna hàkink nkëmei ktàpihëna,
English:     We always live here on the earth,
Lenape:     Kishelëmùkònk nèka wëlilìsu,
English:     Our Creator does good things,
Lenape:     Kiluna kehëla këtëmakawsihëna.
English:     We truly live pitiful lives.
Lenape:     Kishelëmùkònk ahi xinkwilësu,
English:     Our Creator does many great deeds,
Lenape:     Kiluna kehëla ktànkìti lësihëna;
English:     We can only do truly small deeds;
Lenape:     Kishelëmùkònk ahi chitanësu,
English:     Our Creator is very strong,
Lenape:     Kiluna kìchi sòmi kshawësihëna.
English:     We are really very weak.
Lenape:     Kishelëmùkònk lòmëwe nutawsu,
English:     Our Creator has watched over us for a long time,
Lenape:     Kiluna kënch yukwe kënutawsihëna,
English:     We must now try to watch over ourselves,
Lenape:     Kishelëmùkònk ihapchìch lehëlèxe,
English:     Our Creator will live on forever,
Lenape:     Kilunàch takìti kulehëlexihëna.
English:     We will live a good life for only a short while.
Lenape:     Kishelëmùkònk wihëlatènamu,
English:     Our Creator is always happy,
Lenape:     Kiluna sòmi këtëmakawsihëna;
English:     We live very pitiful lives;
Lenape:     Kishelëmùkònk katatàmakuna,
English:     Our Creator wants us,
Lenape:     Kèpëna kìchi kulatènaminèn.
English:     That we also will be really happy.