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When Christmas Morn is Dawning

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1 When Christmas morn is dawning
In faith I would repair
Unto the lowly manger;
My Saviour lieth there,
Unto the lowly manger;
My Saviour lieth there.

2 How kind, O loving Saviour,
To come from heaven above;
From sin and evil save us,
And keep us in thy love,
From sin and evil save us,
And keep us in thy love.

3 We need thee, blessèd Jesus,
Our dearest friend thou art;
Forbid that we by sinning
Should grieve thy loving heart,
Forbid that we by sinning
Should grieve thy loving heart.


Source: Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #35

Translator: Claude William Foss

Born: August 28, 1855, Geneva, Illinois. Died: February 8, 1935, Rock Island, Illinois. Son of Swedish immigrants, Foss attended the Red Wing College institute at Red Wing, Minnesota, then entered Augustana College at Rock Island, Illinois, in 1879. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in June 1883. In 1884, he became professor of history and political science at Augustana College. In 1888 he became vice-president of the college, and served until 1900. On the death of Dr. T. N. Hasselquist he was acting president until the election of Dr. Olof Olsson as president in 1891. Upon Olsson’s death, Foss again served as acting president until Dr. Gustav Andreen became president. In addition to his academic positions, Foss was on the… Go to person page >

Author (attributed to): Abel Burckhardt

(no biographical information available about Abel Burckhardt.) Go to person page >

Author (attributed to): Elisabeth Ehrenborg-Posse

Posse, Catharina Elizabeth Ehrenborg. (Råbäck, Sweden, July 22, 1818--July 22, 1880). Lutheran. Inherited her mother's interest in literature and began writing poetry at an early age. Became active in Sunday School work. Studied at a seminary in England for six months. Upon return to Sweden became director of a teacher training school associated with the deaconess organization. With this closed, she began her own school. Married A.J. Posse in 1856 and assisted him in the publication of a newspaper, Wäktaren (The Watchman). Had a deep interest in the Christian education of children and wrote and translated many hymns and songs for schools. Translated several English songs which appeared under the title Andeliga sånger för barn (Spiritua… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When Christmas morn is dawning, In Faith I would repair
Title: When Christmas Morn is Dawning
Swedish Title: När Juldagsmorgon glimmar
Author (attributed to): Elisabeth Ehrenborg-Posse (1856)
Author (attributed to): Abel Burckhardt
Translator: Claude William Foss
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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