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The Burial of Barima Asumadu Sakyi II, the Late "O

2007-11-01 11:35:41

The remains of the late Barima Asumadu Sakyi II, the Paramount chief ("Omanhene") of the Kumawu traditional area will be laid in state in Kumawu in the Ashanti region on Monday, 29 October, 2007. He will be buried in the early hours of Friday, 02 November, 2007.

All and sundry, with sympathisers and well-wishers inclusive, are cordially invited to mourn with the entire people of the Kumawu traditional area and the immediate bereaved family.

"Barima, Damirefa due. Due, due ne amanehunu". May the kindly light lead him on to the bosom of God.

May all join me in singing what has become the most sorrowful funeral farewell hymnal-song for Barima Asumadu Sakyi II, with courtesy to John H. Newman (1801-1890), the writer of the hymn.

"Lead, kindly Light, amid th?encircling gloom, lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home; lead Thou me on! Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou shouldst lead me on; I loved to choose and see my path; but now lead Thou me on! I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears, Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still will lead me on. O?er moor and fen, o?er crag and torrent, till the night is gone, And with the morn those angel faces smile, which I Have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path, Thyself hast trod, Lead, Saviour, lead me home in childlike faith, home to my God. To rest forever after earthly strife In the calm light of everlasting life".
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