1 Strike up, O harp and psaltery!
O Word of might, two-edged sword,
Arise and smite the nations,
That they may know and fear the Lord!
O gospel voice from heaven,
Awake the hearts of men,
That unto them be given
To turn to God again.
All ye who dwell in Zion,
Hark to your Shepherd Lord,
Who leads you to green pastures,
And feeds you with His living Word!
2 Adorn thyself to meet Him,
O Shulamite, O bride of Christ!
Go gladly forth to greet Him,
When of His coming now apprised!
He for thy sin was given,
And thou art sanctified.
Behold, the Son of heaven
Hath claimed thee for His bride!
Give Him thy heart forever,
Whose love shall never cease;
Let no affliction sever
The bonds of unity and peace!
3 O Lord, Thy Zion, thronging
Thy holy temple, e'er shall raise,
With hearts and tongues in rapture,
To Thee their solemn prayer and praise!
O let Thy Word in clearness
A day-star o'er us shine,
That we may feel Thy nearness,
And bring forth fruit divine.
Like sands from out the ocean,
So let Thy people be,
To voice our heart's devotion,
And praise Thee through eternity.
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 >