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That cause can neither be lost nor stayed

That cause can neither be lost nor stayed

Translator: J. C. Aaberg; Author: Kristian C. Østergaard
Published in 25 hymnals

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1 That cause can neither be lost nor stayed
Which takes the course of what God has made;
And is not trusting in walls and towers,
But slowly growing from seeds to flowers.

2 Each noble service that has been wrought
Was first conceived as a fruitful thought;
Each worthy cause with a future glorious
By quietly growing becomes victorious.

3 There by itself like a tree it shows:
That high it reaches as deep it grows
And when the storms are its branches shaking,
It deeper root in the soil is taking.

4 Be then no more by a storm dismayed,
For by it the full-grown seeds are laid;
And though the tree by its might it shatters,
What then, if thousands of seeds it scatters?

Source: Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #264

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 >

Author: Kristian C. Østergaard

Kristian Ostergaard (February 5, 1855 - October 9, 1931) was Danish-American Lutheran pastor, educator, author and hymn writer. Wikipedia article  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: That cause can neither be lost nor stayed
Danish Title: Den Sag er aldrig i Verden tabt
Author: Kristian C. Østergaard
Translator: J. C. Aaberg
Language: English
Copyright: By permission of Grand View College, Des Moines, Iowa



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Worship in Song #264

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