Johan Olaf Wallin was born at Stora Tuna, in 1779, and early displayed his poetical powers. In 1805, and again in 1809, he gained the chief prize for poetry at Upsala. In the latter year he became pastor at Solna; here his ability as a preacher was so striking that he was transferred to Stockholm, in 1815, as "pastor primarius," a title for which we have no exact equivalent. In 1818 he was made Dean of Westeras, and set about the task of editing a revised hymn-book for the whole of Sweden. This task he completed in 1819, and published it as, Den Swenska Psalmboken, af Konungen gillad och stadfästad (The Swedish hymn-book, approved and confirmed by the King). To it he contributed some 150 hymns of his own, besides translations and recasting… Go to person page >
Author: J. Kahl
Johan Kahl was born 26 June 1721 in Visby, the capital of Gothland island. He worked as a chamber clerk. After moving to Stockholm he drowned in a boat voyage to Sandholm on 9 September 1746. Kahl was a pietist. About 50 of his hymns can be found in Songs of Sion.
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