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: Martin Luther
Luther, Martin, born at Eisleben, Nov. 10, 1483; entered the University of Erfurt, 1501 (B.A. 1502, M.A.. 1503); became an Augustinian monk, 1505; ordained priest, 1507; appointed Professor at the University of Wittenberg, 1508, and in 1512 D.D.; published his 95 Theses, 1517; and burnt the Papal Bull which had condemned them, 1520; attended the Diet of Worms, 1521; translated the Bible into German, 1521-34; and died at Eisleben, Feb. 18, 1546. The details of his life and of his work as a reformer are accessible to English readers in a great variety of forms. Luther had a huge influence on German hymnody.
i. Hymn Books.
1. Ellich cristlich lider Lobgesang un Psalm. Wittenberg, 1524. [Hamburg Library.] This contains 8 German h… Go to person page >
Alterer: S. J. Hedborn
Samuel Johan Hedborn, born 14 October 1783 in Kolstad, Heda parish in Östergötland, died 26 December 1849 in Assjö rectory in Askeryds parish, Jönköping in Småland, was a Swedish writer, wise and hymn writer.
Hedborn was born in a soldier in the village Kolstad out on Östgötaslätten and had all his youth and first study in Linköping and then at Uppsala University 1806 - in 1809 a struggle against poverty, was ordained last year. After his ordination, he was first a curate in Östergötland same year, teachers in Stockholm in 1812 and extraordinary court preacher in 1815. In Uppsala and Stockholm , he became good friends with many Swedish romantic, including Atterbom, which also had its roots in Östergötland and northern Smål… Go to person page >