The Great and Skillful Master

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1 The great and skillful Master
With kind and watchful eye
Is over the scribble bending,
His precious silver to try.

2 He watcheth for the moment,
While bright the metal clears,
When deep in the silver mirror
Undimmed His image appears.

3 The great and skillful Master
Who melts the soul and mind
Is watching the heart with patience
While precious souls are refined.

4 And when undimmed His image
Is mirrored in the heart,
Rejoices the gentle Master
That crowned is His noble art.

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #303

Author: Bernhard Severin Ingemann

Ingemann, Bernhardt Severin, was born at Thor Kildstrup, Island of Falster, May 28, 1789. From 1822 to his death in 1862, he was Professor of the Danish Language and Literature at the Academy of Sorö, Zealand, Denmark. He was a poet of some eminence. His collected works were pub, in 1851, in 34 volumes. Seven of his hymns translated into English are given in Gilbert Tait's Hymns of Denmark, 1868. The only hymn by him in English common use is:— Igjennem Nat og Traengael. Unity and Progress. It is dated 1825, and is given in the Nyt Tillaeg til Evangelisk-christelig. Psalmebog, Copenhagen, 1859, No. 502. In its translated form as "Through the night of doubt and sorrow," by the Rev. S. Baring-Gould, it has become widely known in most Eng… Go to person page >

Translator: S. D. Rodholm

Rodholm served as president of the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (1922-26), president of Grand View College, and professor and dean of the AELC Seminary. NN, Hymnary Go to person page >

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First Line: The great and skillful Master
Title: The Great and Skillful Master
Danish Title: Den store Mester kommer
Author: Bernhard Severin Ingemann
Translator: S. D. Rodholm
Meter: 7.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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