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Molimo ke Moea

Molimo Ke Moea is the most hymn-like of the eight songs in Hosanna. It was in fact published in the 1939 version of the Sesotho hymnal Lifela tsa Sione (Songs of Zion) as hymn No. 445 (Morija Sesuto Book Depot 2011: 490-491), and the 1939 and 1955 versions are almost but not quite the same. Repetitions in the text, adapted from the New Testament ‘Gospel According to St John’ chapter 4 verse 24, are echoed in sequences in the music, showing Mohapeloa’s mastery of the language of mid-nineteenth-century Western hymnody.



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