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)

Wikipedia Biography

Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig (Danish: [ˈne̝koˌlɑjˀ ˈfʁeðˀˌʁek ˈse̝vəˌʁiˀn ˈkʁɔntvi]; 8 September 1783 – 2 September 1872), most often referred to as N. F. S. Grundtvig, was a Danish pastor, author, poet, philosopher, historian, teacher and politician. He was one of the most influential people in Danish history, as his philosophy gave rise to a new form of nationalism in the last half of the 19th century. It was steeped in the national literature and supported by deep spirituality.

Texts by N. F. S. Grundtvig (150)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
A babe is born in Bethlehem, Bethlehem (Aaberg)Nikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English9
A Babe is born in Bethlehem, Bethlehem (Krauth)Nikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English2
A life together in love and trothN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English3
A little child so fair and brightGrundtvig (Translator (from German))English3
Aa lat din Ande med oss veraN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Nynorsk2
Abide among us, we implore TheeN. F. S. Grudtvig (Author)4
Al den ganske KristenhedNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
All that which soars in upward flightNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
All ye who like the birds can soarN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English4
An ancient dwelling is the churchNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Apostlerne sad i JerusalemN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
Arisen is my Savior blestN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English2
As after the water brooks pantethN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English10
As the rose shall blossom hereN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
At sige verden ret farvelGrundtvig (Author)5
Be welcome again, God's angels brightNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English4
Blessed were the eyes that trulyN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English4
Blossom as a rose shall hereN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English3
Bright and glorious is the skyNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English12
Built on a rock the church of GodNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English2
Built on the Rock, the Church shall standNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English66
Childhood days of joy and gladnessNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Chime on, ye church bellsNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Christmas with gladness soundsNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Come unto me, saith God's own SonGeorg Grüenwald (Author)English1
Come, Zion, and sing to the Father aboveNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Cradling children in his armNikolai F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)English4
Deilig er din Himmel blaaGrundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
Dejlig er den himmel blåNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Danish2
Den Ædelsten saa rosenrødGrundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
Den sidste Skilnad er vel saarGrundtvig (Author)Nynorsk2
Den signede Dag, som vi nu ser, Med Blide til os opkommeGrundtvig (Translator)Norwegian6
Det kimer nu til JulefestNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)1
Det lakker nu ad Aften bratGrundtvig (Translator)Norwegian3
Det største Under her paa JordN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Nynorsk2
Domo malnova estas ĝi, nia preĝejo sur teroNikolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig (Author)1
Du, som gaar udN. F. S. Grundtvig (Translator)Norwegian3
Easter morrow stills our sorrowNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)4
Et barn er født i BetlehemNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian3
Fair beyond telling N. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English5
Firme en la roca eterna y fielNikolai F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)Spanish2
Følger med til UrtegaardenNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
For dig, o Herre, som Dage kunNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
Founded our Lord has upon earth a realm of the SpiritNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Fraa Himmelen Guds Ande forGrundtvig (Author)Nynorsk2
Fred til Bod for bittert SavnN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian5
From death, Christ, on the Sabbath mornNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
From the graves remove dark crossesN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English4
Fyr deg, vaar Herre, Aartusund erN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Nynorsk2
Give Gud, jeg efterhaandenNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
Gladly we lift our sightNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
God's little child, what troubles theeNikolai Frederick Severin Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)English4
God's Word is our great heritageN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English22
Golden light, serene and brightNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)6
Gud Helligaand, opfyld med lystNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian5
Guds Engle sang i StjernetalGrundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
Guds Ord det er vaar Fedra-ArvN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Nynorsk2
Guds Ord det er vort AarvegodsNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian6
Hail thee, Savior and AtonerN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English6
Hallowed church bell, not for earthly centersN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English4
Han, som har hjulpet hidindtilNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)1
Hast to the plow thou put thy handN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English5
He who has helped me hithertoN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English4
Her ei ties, her indviesGrundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
Her mødes alle VeieGrundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
Herre, hvor skal vi gaa henNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
Herre, kvar skal me vel avN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Nynorsk2
Himlene, Herre, fortælle din ÆreNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
Holy Ghost, our IntercederNikolai Frederick Severin Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)English4
Holy Spirit, come, we pray, Shed from heaven thine inward rayNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English1
Holy Spirit, come with lightN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English5
Holy Spirit, still our sorrowN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English3
I Dag paa apostolisk VisN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
I know a flower so fair and fineNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Jesus i det Høie thronerNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian3
Jesus, the name without compareN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English4
Kimer, I Klokker, ja kimer før Dag u det Dunkle!N. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian6
Kirken den er et gammelt husGrundtvig (Author)Norwegian7
Kjærlighed er lysets kildeNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
Kommer hid kun med de SmaaNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
Krist stod op af Døde I Paaske-Morgen-røde!Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
Krist stod upp av Daude Grundtvig (Author)Nynorsk2
Kvinde, se din Tro er storGrundtvig (Alterer)Norwegian4
Kvinna, sjaa di Tru er storGrundtvig (Author)Nynorsk2
Løft hoved op al kristendomN. F. S. Grundtvig (Adapter)Norwegian3
Lift up thy head, O ChristendomN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English4
Like dew upon the meadowNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Lo, the Lord extends his handN. F. S. Grundtvig (Translator (Danish))English3
Long hast thou stood, O church of GodNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English2
Lord Jesus, our king, enthroned on highN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English3
Love is life's true crown and gloryNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Love, the fount of light from heavenN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)9
Lover Gud, I kristne frommeGrundtvig (Author)Norwegian5
Manana fiorenana ny fiangonan'i KristyN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Malagasy2
Med Straale-Krans om TindeGrundtvig (Alterer)Norwegian4
Min Jesus, lad mit Hjerte faaN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian2
Mindful of a constant FriendN. F. S. Grundtvig (Translator (into Danish))English3
Most wonderful of all things isNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Most wondrous is of all on earth (Fraser)N. F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)2
Most wondrous is of all on earth The kingdom Jesus foundedN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English5
My Lord, I hear thee pleadingNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Ny andron'ny fahasoavanaN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Malagasy2
O day full of grace that now we seeNikolai F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)English2
O day, full of grace, which we beholdN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English13
O Holy Spirit come we prayGrundtvig (Translator (from German))English4
O how beautiful the skyNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English6
O Jesus, in my heart instillNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English1
O lad din Aand nu med os væreN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
O land of our KingN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English6
O let Thy spirit with us tarry, Our Lord and Savior Jesus ChristN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English2
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)English4
Oh, that I had a thousand voices, They should be raised to Christ my Lord!Grundtvig (Translator (into Danish))English3
On the new JerusalemN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English3
Paaske-Morgen Slukker sorgenGrundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
Peace to soothe our bitter woesNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English18
Praise we offer, Lord of gloryN. F. S. Grundtvig (1783-1872) (Author)1
Preciosa herencia otorga DiosNikolai F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)Spanish2
Proclaim my soul that Jesus diesN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English3
Ring, O ye bells, O ring outNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Ry Jeso Tompo velona mpiandry sy mpamelonaN. F .S. Grundtvig (Author)Malagasy2
Sørger ei for dem, som soveN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Norwegian4
Savior, whither should we goNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Som toerstige Hjort monne skrigeGrundtvig (Author)5
Sortnet var den gyldne SolGrundtvig (Translator)Norwegian3
Spirit of God, sent from heaven abroadNikolai F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)English2
Splendid are the heavens highN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English7
Suffer and languish, Tremble in anguishNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
Suffer the children to come to meNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Syrgje ei fyr deim, som sovaN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)Nynorsk2
Take away the signs of mourningNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
Tegn skal der ske for dommedagGrundtvig (Author)Norwegian5
The dear glad spring returns to earthNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
The happy Christmas comes once moreNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English35
The leaves are falling everywhereNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
The Lord is in his holy place, Let all the earthNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)3
The Lord to thee appealethN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English4
The peace of God protects our heartsN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English5
The sun now shines in all its splendorNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English5
The Word of God, our heritageN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
The Word of God's our heritageN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English1
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)English6
Thy blessing fills our earthly needN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English4
Vidunderligst af alt paa JordGrundtvig (Author)4
We are in our Father's handN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English3
Welcome here, new year of graceNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Author)English2
With gladness we hail the blessed dayNikolai F. S. Grundtvig (Revised)2
With gladness we hail this blessed dayN. F. S. Grundtvig (Author)2
With her cruse of alabasterNikolai Frederick Severin Grundtvig, 1783-1872 (Author)3

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