Holy Spirit, Still Our Sorrow

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1 Holy Spirit, still our sorrow,
In our hearts Thy light reveal,
Turn our darkness into morrow
And the fount of life unseal;
Give us comfort, strength and breath,
Light in darkness, life in death.

2 God's eternal might and glory
Lie revealed before Thy sight,
And salvation's wondrous story
Thou alone canst bring to light
When to us from heaven above
Thou descendest with God's love.

3 Maker of the new creation,
Prove in us what Thou canst do,
Save us from the foe's temptation,
Through God's Word our faith renew,
Build Thy temple in our breast,
Fill Thy house with peace and rest.

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #127

Author: N. F. S. Grundtvig

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: J. C. Aaberg

Jens Christian Aaberg (b. Moberg, Denmark, 1877; d. Minneapolis, MN, 1970) immigrated to the United States in 1901. Educated at Grand View College and Seminary in Des Moines, Iowa, he entered the ministry of the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and served congregations in Marinette, Wisconsin; Dwight, Illinois; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Aaberg wrote Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark (1945), translated at least eighty hymns from Danish into English, and served on four hymnal committees. In 1947 King Frederick of Denmark awarded him the Knight Cross of Denmark. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987  Go to person page >

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First Line: Holy Spirit, still our sorrow
Title: Holy Spirit, Still Our Sorrow
Author: N. F. S. Grundtvig
Translator: J. C. Aaberg
Meter: 8.7.8.7.7.7
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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