Whakaaria Mai (How Great Thou Art) by Hollie Smith & Teeks

Whakaaria Mai (How Great Thou Art)

Do you need some hope in your life? Do you want to feel some love and light in your bones and restore some wairua (spirit) to your life? Here is a beautiful Māori waiata (song) Whakaaria Mai (How Great Thou Art). I’m not really that religious, but this song made me feel something in my soul for Atua (God), Jesus, a higher power, all of that. This is perfect for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week).

I find it’s far easier to learn a language when you sing in it. I love to sing, it’s in the blood and it’s part of being Māori.

Whakaaria mai
Tou ripeka ki au
Tiaho mai
Ra roto i te po
Hei kona au
Titiro atu ai
Ora, mate
Hei au koe noho ai
Whakaaria mai
Tou ripeka ki au
Tiaho mai
Ra roto i te po
Hei kona au
Titiro atu ai
Ora, mate


Hei au koe noho ai ai ai
O oh Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Oh the power throughout the universe displayed
Then sings my soul
My Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art
Then sings my soul
My Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art
How great (how great) How great Thou art
Ooh ooh…
How great Thou art (how great)
How great Thou art (how great)
How great Thou art (how great x 2)
How great Thou art (how great)
How great Thou art (how great)
How great Thou art (how great)
How great Thou art
How great Thou art (great great great)
How great
How great
How great
How great Thou art
Thou art

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Content Catnip is a quirky internet wunderkammer written by an Intergalactic Space Māori named Content Catnip. Join me as I meander through the quirky and curious aspects of history, indigenous spirituality, the natural world, animals, art, storytelling, books, philosophy, travel, Māori culture and loads more.

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