O Jesus, In My Heart Instill

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1 O Jesus, in my heart instill
Such fervent love for Thee
That I can find no peace until
Thy love abides in me.

2 Then shall this present day of grace
Be filled with joy and peace,
For Thou wilt me in love embrace
And bid my sorrow cease.

3 My heart in sin and sorrow lay
Till I with Thee arose;
Uphold me through the passing day,
Let evening bring repose.

4 Call, then, the weary sinner home
To Thy Jerusalem,
And crown Thy friend, from darkness come,
With Life's bright diadem.

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #29

Author: Nikolai 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: O Jesus, in my heart instill
Title: O Jesus, In My Heart Instill
Author: Nikolai F. S. Grundtvig
Translator: J. C. Aaberg
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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