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 >
Translator: J. Arrhenius
Jakob Arrhenius was a Swedish hymnwriter and sacred poet. In 1687, Arrhenius became a professor of history at Upsala University, Sweden.
Source: Julian, John, Dictionary of Hymnology, 1907, p. 1000
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Author: Christoph Knoll
Knoll, Christoph, was born in 1563 at Bunzlau in Silesia, and entered the University of Frankfurt a. Oder in 1583. In 1586 he was appointed assistant (Signator) in the school at Sprottau in Silesia. He then became, in 1591, diaconus, and in 1620 archidiaconus, at Sprottau. On Nov. 23, 1628, he was ex¬pelled by the Lichtenstein dragoons, but was eventually allowed to become pastor at the neighbouring village of Wittgendorf, where he died in 1650 (S. J. Ehrhardt's Presbyterologie Schlesiens, 1780-89, iii. pp. 386, 505, &c). His well-known hymn:
Herzlich thut mich verlangen. For the Dying, is said to have been written during a pestilence in 1599, and was first printed at Gorlitz in 1605 (see Blatter für Hymnologie, 1887, pp. 8, 56, &c). In… Go to person page >