This perhaps the most oft used funeral hymn of the old Augustana Synod congregations. Written by noted Swedish Pastor Laurentius Laurentii Laurinus for his wife's funeral in 1620, it was revised two centuries later and, of all things, has ended up wedded to a Norwegian folk melody. If you grew up among Swedes you would note the irony here. In any case its words speak well of the home that is ours in Christ for this All Saints Day.
If you knew only one Swedish hymn, it would be this one. If you, like me, grew up around Swedes, this is the one hymn you know in Swedish. Written by the leading hymn writer of the pietist movement in Sweden, Lina Sandell Berg, it is one hymn of comfort, hope, safety, and refuge that still sounds in my ear in the voice of my beloved Grandmother Elvera Monson. I think it but hear her sing it and I cannot sing it but long for the blest reunion which All Saints prefigures, the culmination of all that Christ has prepared and the end that brings eternity to those whom He loves and who have loved His appearing.
Blessed All Saints!
'THy Holy Wings' has been the evening hymn of choice in my (Finnish) family for at least four generations. I sing this with my own children almost every night. Simple and profound.
Are you familiar with "Lyssna, lyssna: hor du anglasdugen" by John Holstedt? I believe roughly translated to English it means "Listen, listen. Do you hear the angels' song?" I am searching for the music. Thank you for this delightful blog.
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