N. F. S. Grundtvig

N. F. S. Grundtvig
NFS Grundtvig
Short Name: N. F. S. Grundtvig
Full Name: Grundtvig, N. F. S. (Nicolai Frederik Severin), 1783-1872
Birth Year: 1783
Death Year: 1872

Nicolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig was the son of a pastor, and was born at Udby, in Seeland, in 1783. He studied in the University of Copenhagen from 1800-1805; and, like some other eminent men, did not greatly distinguish himself; his mind was too active and his imagination too versatile to bear the restraint of the academic course. After leaving the university he took to teaching; first in Langeland, then (1808) in Copenhagen. Here he devoted his attention to poetry, literature, and Northern antiquities. In 1810 he became assistant to his father in a parish in Jutland. The sermon he preached at his ordination, on the subject "Why has the Lord's word disappeared from His house," attracted much attention, which is rarely the case with "probationers'" sermons. On his father's death, in 1813, he returned to Copenhagen, and for eight years devoted himself mainly to literature. The poetry, both secular and religious, that he produced, drew from a friend the remark that "Kingo's harp had been strung afresh." In 1821 King Frederik vi. appointed him pastor of Prasloe, a parish in Seeland, from which he was the next year removed to Copenhagen, and made chaplain of St. Saviour's church in Christianshavn. From the time of his ordination he had been deeply impressed with Evangelical church sentiments, in opposition to the fashionable Rationalism and Erastianism of the day; and adhered to the anti-rationalist teaching of Hauge, whose death at this time (1824) seemed to be a call to Grundtvig to lift up his voice. An opportunity soon presented itself; Professor Clausen brought out a book entitled Katholicismens og Protestantismens Forfatning, Ldre, og Ritus ("The condition, teaching, and ritual of Catholicism and Protestantism"). This book was replete with the Erastian Rationalism which was so especially distasteful to Grundtvig, who forthwith, in his Kirkens Gjenmsele ("The Church's Reply," 1825), strongly opposed its teaching, and laid down truer principles of Christian belief, and sounder views of the nature of the Church. This caused a sensation: Grandtvig (who had not spared his opponent) was fined 100 rixdollars, and the songs and hymns which he had written for the coming celebration of the tenth centenary of Northern Christianity were forbidden to be used. On this he resigned his post at St. Saviour's, or rather was forced to quit it by a sentence of suspension which was pronounced in 1826, and under which he was kept for 13 years. He took the opportunity of visiting England in 1829, 30, and 31, and consulting its libraries, mainly with a view to a further insight into Northern antiquities, and to help his studies in the early English tongue. His edition of Cynewulfs beautiful poem of the Phenix from the Codex Exoniensis, the Anglo-Saxon (so-called) text, with a preface in Danish, and a fri Fordanskning (free rendering in Danish), published in 1840*, is a result of this journey and enforced leisure. Tired of his long silence, his numerous friends and admirers proposed to erect a church for him, and form themselves into an independent congregation, but this was not permitted. He was allowed, however, to hold an afternoon service in the German church at Christianshavn. There ho preached for eight years, and compiled and wrote his hymn-book, Sang-Vdrk til den Danske Kirkce ("Song-work for the Danish Church"). He still worked on towards his object of raising the Christian body to which ho belonged from the condition of a mere slate establishment to the dignity of a gospel-teaching national church. In 1839 (the year of the death of King Frederik vr., and the accession of his cousin Chrisliem vni.) the suspension was removed, and he was appointed chaplain of the hospital Vartou, a position which he held till his death. In 1863 the king (Frederik vn.) conferred on him the honorary title of bishop. The good old man died suddenly, in his 89th year, on Sept. 2, 1872, having officiated the day before. As Kingo is the poet of Easter, and Brorson of Christmas, so Grundtvig is spoken of as the poet of Whitsuntide.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology,, p. 1001 (1907)


Texts by N. F. S. Grundtvig (136)sort iconAsInstances
A babe is born in Bethlehem, Bethlehem (Aaberg)Nikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)8
A Babe is born in Bethlehem, Bethlehem (Krauth)Nikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
A life together in love and trothN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
A little child so fair and brightGrundtvig (Translator (from German))2
Abide among us, we implore TheeN. F. S. Grudtvig (Author)4
Al den ganske KristenhedNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
All that which soars in upward flightNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
All ye who like the birds can soarN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
An ancient dwelling is the churchNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Apostlerne sad i JerusalemNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Arisen is my Savior blestNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
As after the water brooks pantethN. F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)9
As the rose shall blossom hereN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
At sige verden ret farvelNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Be welcome again, God's angels brightN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Blessed were the eyes that trulyN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Blossom as a rose shall hereN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Bright and glorious is the skyNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)12
Built on a rock the church of GodNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Built on the Rock, the Church shall standNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)66
Childhood days of joy and gladnessNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Chime on, ye church bellsNikolai F. S. Gruntvig (Author)3
Christmas with gladness soundsNikolai F. S. Gruntvig (Author)3
Come unto me, saith God's own SonGeorg Grüenwald (Author)1
Come, Zion, and sing to the Father aboveNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Cradling children in his armNikolai F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)4
Deilig er den Himmel blasNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Den 'delsteen saa rosenroedNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Den signede Dag, som vi nu serNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)4
Domo malnova estas ĝi, nia preĝejo sur teroNikolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig (Author)1
Du, som gaar ud Fra den levende GudNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)1
Easter morrow stills our sorrowNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)4
Et barn er født i BetlehemNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)4
Fair beyond telling N. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)4
Firme en la roca eterna y fielNikolai F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)2
Følger med til UrtegaardenNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)1
For dig, o Herre, somNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Founded our Lord has upon earth a realm of the SpiritNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Fred til Bod for bittert SavnNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
From death, Christ, on the Sabbath mornNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
From the graves remove dark crossesN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Give Gud, jeg efterhaandenNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Gladly we lift our sightNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
God's little child, what troubles theeN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
God's Word is our great heritageN. F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)18
God's Word is our inheritanceNikolai F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)2
Golden light, serene and brightNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)6
Gud Helligaand, opfyld med lystNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Guds Engle sang i StjernetalNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Guds Ord det er vort AarvegodsNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)4
Hail thee, Savior and AtonerNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)5
Hallowed church bell, not for earthly centersN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Han, som har hjulpet hidindtilNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)1
Hast to the plow thou put thy handN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)4
He who has helped me hithertoN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Her ei ties, her indviesNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Her moedes alle VeieNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Herre, hvor skal vi gaa henNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Himlene, Herre, fort'lle din 'reNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Holy Ghost, our IntercederN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Holy Spirit, come with lightN. F. S. Grundtvig (Translator (from Latin))3
Holy Spirit, come, we prayN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Holy Spirit, still our sorrowN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
I know a flower so fair and fineNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Idag paa apostolisk VisNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Jesus i det Hoeie thronerNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)1
Jesus, the name without compareN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Kimer, I Klokker, ja kimer foer DagNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)4
Kirken den er et gammelt husNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)4
Kj'rlighed er lysets kildeNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Kommer hid kun med de SmaaNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Krist stod op af doede I Paaske-MorgenroedeNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Kvinde, se din Tro er storNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Lift up thy head, O ChristendomN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Like dew upon the meadowNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Lo, the Lord extends his handGrundtvig (Translator (from English))2
Long hast thou stood, O church of GodNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Lord Jesus, our king, enthroned on highN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Love is life's true crown and gloryNikolaj F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Love, the fount of light from heavenN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)9
Lover Gud, I kristne frommeNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Manana fiorenana ny fiangonan'i KristyN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Med Straale-Krans om TindeNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Min Jesus, lad mit Hjerte faaNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Mindful of a constant FriendN. F. S. Grundtvig (Translator (into Danish))2
Most wonderful of all things isNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Most wondrous is of all on earth The kingdom Jesus foundedN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)4
Most wondrous is of all on earth (Fraser)N. F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)2
My Lord, I hear thee pleadingNikolai F. S. Grundtvig, 1783 - 1872 (Author)2
Ny andron'ny fahasoavanaN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
O day full of grace that now we seeNikolai F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)2
O day, full of grace, which we beholdN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)12
O Holy Spirit come we prayN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author (Danish))3
O how beautiful the skyNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)6
O Jesus, in my heart instillNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)1
O lad din Aand nu med os v'reNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
O land of our KingN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)5
O let Thy spirit with us tarry, Our Lord and Savior Jesus ChristNikolai Frederick Severin Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)2
O wondrous Kingdom here on earthN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Oh, let thy spirit with us tarry, Lord Jesus, this we ask of TheeN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Oh, that I had a thousand voices, They should be raised to Christ my Lord!N. F. S. Grundtvig (Translator (Danish))2
On the new JerusalemN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Paaskemorgen Slukker sorgenNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Peace to soothe our bitter woesN. F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)17
Praise we offer, Lord of gloryN. F. S. Grundtvig (1783-1872) (Author)1
Preciosa herencia otorga DiosNikolai F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)2
Proclaim my soul that Jesus diesN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Ring, O ye bells, O ring outNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Ry Jeso Tompo velona mpiandry sy mpamelonaN. F .S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Savior, whither should we goNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Soerger ei for dem, som soveNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Som toerstige Hjort monne skrigeNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Spirit of God, sent from heaven abroadNikolai F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)2
Splendid are the heavens highN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)6
Suffer and languish, Tremble in anguishNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Suffer the children to come to meNikolaj F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Take away the signs of mourningNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Tegn skal der ske for dommedagNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
The dear glad spring returns to earthNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
The happy Christmas comes once moreN. F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)35
The leaves are falling everywhereNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
The Lord is in his holy place, Let all the earthNikolaj F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
The Lord to thee appealethN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
The peace of God protects our heartsN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)4
The sun now shines in all its splendorN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)4
The Word of God, our heritageN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
The Word of God's our heritageN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)1
There is a way, By worldly man forsakenNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
This is the day which the Lord hath us givenN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)4
Thy blessing fills our earthly needN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Vidunderligst af alt paa JordNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
We are in our Father's handN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Welcome here, new year of graceNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
With gladness we hail the blessed dayGrundtvig (Alterer)2
With gladness we hail this blessed dayN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
With her cruse of alabasterNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3

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