O blessed is the man who stays (Wallin)

O blessed is the man who stays (Wallin)

Author: Johan Olaf Wallin
Tune: [Säll du, som dig åt Gud betror]
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 O blessed is the man who stays
His trust in God forever;
He dwells within the secret place
Where foes may enter never.
God is my Refuge and my Stay,
My God who e'er directs me.
In dangers, fears, and plagues that slay,
His wings shall still protect me.
I will not fear
When God, my Shield, is ever near.

2 Though thousands at my side may fall,
Ten thousand near me stumble,
On Thee, my Saviour, will I call,
Thou carest for the humble.
I will not fear the arrow's flight,
Nor yet the dark night's terror:
Thy saints are precious in Thy sight,
Thou keepest them from error,
For Thou hast sent
Thine angels bright to guard my tent.

3 "He loveth Me," thus saith the Lord,
"Therefore will I uphold him;
Because he waits upon My Word,
With love will I enfold him.
His enemies shall rage in vain,
No evil shall come near him;
His prayers with Me acceptance gain,
Before he calls, I'll hear him.
His days I'll bless
With joy, and peace, and righteousness."


Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #495

Author: Johan Olaf Wallin

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 >

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First Line: O blessed is the man who stays (Wallin)
Author: Johan Olaf Wallin
Copyright: Public Domain



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The Hymnal and Order of Service #495


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