language to be identified

Edith Moravcsik edith at UWM.EDU
Fri Apr 13 13:38:31 UTC 2007

Would somebody be able to identify the language of the text below? It seems Bantu - but which language? (The sheet music that I got this from just says it is written "in the African language"!)

Also, are the words and translations correct?

Thank you very much!

Edith Moravcsik

O sifuni Mungu
('Ah, praise God')

Viumbe vyote vya Mungu wetu na 
   Mfal me wetu,
('All creatures of our God and King,')

Pazeni sauti ilinasi mwimbe.
('Lift up your voice and sing with us.')

Watu wote, viumbe vyote, awaye yote, sifu Mungu!
('All men, all creatures, everybody praise God!')


Edith A. Moravcsik
Professor of Linguistics
Department of Foreign
     Languages and Linguistics
University of Wisconsin-
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413

E-mail: edith at
Tel: (414) 229-6794
Fax: (414) 229-2741
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