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Lenape:     Wanìshi Kishelëmienkw
English:     Thank You Our Creator - A Lenape Hymn . . . Sung to the tune of Amazing Grace in Lucy Blalock's Lenape Language Class and led by Betty Skye . . . recorded April 1992.

Lenape:     Wanìshi Kishelëmienkw
English:     Thank You Our Creator
Lenape:     ntëli pètawsinèn;
English:     that we have lived this long;
Lenape:     Wanìshi Kenahkihinèn,
English:     Thank You for watching over us,
Lenape:     ntëli neyowtinèn.
English:     so that we can see each other.
Lenape:     Kuliteheokàn wënchi
English:     It is a good feeling because
Lenape:     Yukwe pètawsinèn;
English:     we have now lived this long;
Lenape:     Këtëmakelëminèn,
English:     Take pity on us,
Lenape:     Wënchi neyowtinèn.
English:     So that we can see each other.
Lenape:     Yuh Witaeminèn ènta,
English:     You be with us when,
Lenape:     kahta patàmaenkw;
English:     we want to pray;
Lenape:     Wènchi wichëminèn ènta,
English:     So You would help us when,
Lenape:     kahta asuwienkw.
English:     we want to sing.
Lenape:     Yuh winki pëntamwèlxinèn,
English:     We would like to hear,
Lenape:     Welhìk aptunakàn
English:     Good words;
Lenape:     Wënchich kàski wëlawsienkw,
English:     So that we can live a good life,
Lenape:     èli ktëlsuwakàn.
English:     because of what you did.