1. I with Thee would begin,
O my Savior so dear,
On the way that I still must pursue;
I with Thee would begin
every day granted here,
As my earnest resolve I renew
To be and remain Thine forever.
2. I with Thee would begin
and go forth in Thy name,
Which alone doth salvation bestow;
Fold me close to Thy breast
where found joy all who came,
There is refuge for me, too, I know,
Though all in this world is confusion.
3. Let Thy Word all divine
be my lamp in whose light
I may constantly keep to Thy way;
And each day wouldst Thou
cleanse me anew, make me white
In the blood shed for me on that day
The cross Thou didst suffer, Lord Jesus.
4. I with Thee would begin—
yea, and hear one more prayer,
I would close with Thee, too, my brief day,
And when daylight has failed,
let me sleep in Thy care,
Until waking Thy child Thou dost say,
Come, live with Me ever in Heaven.
Caroline W. Sandell Berg (b. Froderyd, Sweden, 1832; d. Stockholm, Sweden, 1903), is better known as Lina Sandell, the "Fanny Crosby of Sweden."
"Lina" Wilhelmina Sandell Berg was the daughter of a Lutheran pastor to whom she was very close; she wrote hymns partly to cope with the fact that she witnessed his tragic death by drowning. Many of her 650 hymns were used in the revival services of Carl O. Rosenius, and a number of them gained popularity particularly because of the musical settings written by gospel singer Oskar Ahnfelt. Jenny Lind, the famous Swedish soprano, underwrote the cost of publishing a collection of Ahnfelt's music, Andeliga Sänger (1850), which consisted mainly of Berg's hymn texts.
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Translator: A. Sameul Wallgren
Wallgren, A. Samuel. (Dalarna, Sweden, June 27, 1885--August 6, 1940, Chicago, Illinois). Evangelical Covenant. Son of E.M. Wallgren. Attended North Park College. University of Chicago, M.A., 1911. Registrar, instructor of English, and Dean of North Park College 1911-1940. Member of editorial committee for The Covenant Hymnal, 1931.
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Display Title: I With You Would BeginFirst Line: I with you would begin, O my Savior so dearTune Title: BEGYNNELSEAuthor: Lina Sandell, 1832-1903; A. Samuel Wallgren, 1885-1940Meter: 18.104.22.168.9.Scripture: Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 17:15; Psalm 90; Psalm 119:105; 1 John 1:7Date: 1996Subject: Aspiration | ; Following and Serving | ; God | Faithfulness; Guidance in Pilgrimage | ; Heritage Hymns | ; Times and Seasons | ; Work and Leisure |