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On The New Jerusalem

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1 On the new Jerusalem,
Which the King from Bethlehem
By His Word has builded,
We must build with faith and prayer,
By the Spirit's loving care
And God's mercy shielded.

2 Its foundation, praised alone
As the church's corner stone
We are all extolling;
It is Jesus Christ, the Lord,
Who a refuge shall afford,
Though the stars be falling.

3 He, who nothing dead condones,
Shall of us as lively stones
Build His living temple,
Which upon its base shall rise
Like a tree whose root supplies
It with nurture ample.

4 Grant Thy church may ever rest
On its true foundation blest
And its faith not alter.
Fill it with Thy light and power,
With Thy graces it embower,
Never let it falter.

5 With Thy friends, O Lord, us rate,
And despite our lowly state,
Deign with us to tarry.
Let Thy peace in us abide
And, when comes the eventide,
To Thy joy us carry.


Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #136

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 >

Text Information

First Line: On the new Jerusalem
Title: On The New Jerusalem
Danish Title: Paa jerusalem det ny
Author: N. F. S. Grundtvig
Translator: J. C. Aaberg
Meter: 7.7.6.7.7.6
Language: English
Publication Date: 1927
Copyright: Public Domain

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