1 All ye who like the birds can soar,
Who earth and sea and sky explore,
Lift up your hearts in singing;
Give praise to God, for good is He
And by His grace would set you free
Who still to earth are clinging.
2 My soul, thou art of noble birth,
Thy thoughts rise upward from the earth
As if on eagle pinions.
Most lofty is thy upward flight
When thou ascendest, robed in light,
To heaven's fair dominions.
3 Thou canst not find on land or sea
A creature that is like to thee,
In need of grace from heaven;
God verily had thee in mind
When through His Son He saved mankind,
And thou to Him be given.
4 Awake, my soul, lift up thy voice;
Do thou in Christ the Lord rejoice
And laud Him as thy Savior,
Who from the Father's throne above
Bestows on thee His wondrous love,
His grace and ev'ry favor.
5 Go tell it to the birds that fly
And to the angels in the sky,
Whose song so happy soundeth,
That thou like them with joyful zest
Wilt praise thy God and call Him blest,
Whose grace to all aboundeth.
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 "pro… Go to person page >
Translator: P. C. Paulsen
Paul Christian Paulsen was born on March 26, 1881, in Alstrup, Jutland, Denmark.
He emigrated to America in 1904, was ordained in 1911, and served as a Lutheran pastor in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, and Alberta, Canada.
He died on July 26, 1948.
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Display Title: All Ye Who Like the Birds Can SoarFirst Line: All ye who like the birds can soarTune Title: [All ye who like the birds can soar]Author: N. F. S. GrundtvigMeter: 8, 8, 7, 8, 8, 7.Date: 1927Subject: Praise |