Jesus, Savior Lord, lo to you I fly (‘Saranam, saranam’).
Jesus, Savior Lord, lo to you I fly (‘Saranam, saranam’). Traditional Pakistani, translated by Daniel Thambyrajah Niles* (1908-1970).
Asian hymns are perhaps the most neglected repertoire in Western hymnals. Hymns that are available in Asian musical idioms are rarer. The normative practice in Asian churches is to sing Western classic hymns in translation or use contemporary Christian music. Because of their experience with many Western missionaries who did not encourage composition in Asian musical idioms or the use of Asian musical instruments, Asian Christians have usually neglected compositions in their own styles.
Niles felt that singing hymns in one’s own musical idiom as well as in...
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