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Hymnblog is a place to learn about and be strengthened in your faith by reading about and hearing the great hymns of the Christian faith.

The image above is of Dorothe Engelbretsdatter (1636-1716) the first known Norwegian woman hymn writer.

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HYMN 184 The Lord is in his Holy Temple

Text: Habakkuk 2:20; Isaiah 6: Tune: George Frederick Root (1820-1895) Quam Dilecta The Lord is in his holy temple, The Lord is in his holy temple: Let all the earth keep silence, Let all the earth keep silence before him -- Keep silence, keep silence before him. MEDITATION Many of you remember this as the beginning call to worship in your congregation. The choir would stand in the back and sing this song, and things would quiet down. I remember seeing the sleeves of the maroon robes in one of our little country churches out of the corner of my eye—we were not to look back—and then the organ would begin “Holy, Holy, Holy” and the choir would process in to take their place in the front choi

HYMN 183 The Sun Has Gone Down

Norwegian: Nu solen går ned Text: Samuel Olsen Bruun (1656-1694). Tune: Norwegian Folk 1. The sun has gone down And peace has descended on country and town; The songbirds in silence have flown to their nest, And flowers are closing their petals in rest; So closes my heart to annoyance and care, In homage and pray'r, In homage and pray'r. 2. I praise for this day The Father in heaven who prospered my way, Who shielded from danger, protected from harm, Promoted my labor, and strengthened my arm; For hours that passed lightly as birds on the wing, Thanksgiving I bring, Thanksgiving I bring. 3. Forgive me, O Lord, My sins and transgressions in deed and in word! Thou knowest my heart and my in

HYMN 182 What Wondrous Love is This

Text: Anonymous Tune: Anonymous, arr. William Walker, (1809-1875) Southern Harmony 1. What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul, What wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul, To bear the dreadful curse for my soul! 2. When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down, When I was sinking down, sinking down; When I was sinking down beneath God's righteous frown, Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul, Christ laid aside his crown for my soul! 3. Ye winged seraphs fly, Bear the news, bear the news! Ye winged seraphs fly, Bear the news!— Ye winged seraphs fly like come

HYMN 181 Lord Jesus, Think on Me

Genesis 7-9:17 Text: Synesius of Cyrene (ca. 375-430). Tune: William Daman (ca. 1540-1591), Psalmes 1579 1 Lord Jesus, think on me, And purge away my sin; From earth-born passions set me free, And make me pure within. 2 Lord Jesus, think on me, With care and woe oppressed, Let me Thy loving servant be, And taste Thy promised rest. 3 Lord Jesus, think on me, Nor let me go astray; Through darkness and perplexity Point Thou the heav'nly way. 4 Lord Jesus, think on me, That, when the flood is past, I may eternal brightness see, And share Thy joy at last. Re. Allen W. Chatfield (1836-1896) MEDITATION In Benjamin Britten’s opera Noyes Fludde (Noah’s Flood) this is the closing hymn. Brittten, wh

HYMN 180 Beyond the Sunset/Den lille Ole med Paraplyen?

Text: Virgil Prentiss Brock (1887-1978). Tune: Blanche Marie Kerr Brock (1888-1958) 1. Beyond the sunset. Oh, blissful morning, When with our Savior Heaven is begun. Earth's toiling ended, Oh, glorious dawning, Beyond the sunset When day is done. 2. Beyond the sunset, No clouds will gather, No storms will threaten, No fears annoy; Oh, day of gladness, Oh, day unending, Beyond the sunset, Eternal joy. 3. Beyond the sunset, A hand will guide me, To God the Father Whom I adore; His glorious presence, His words of welcome, Will be my portion On that fair shore. 4. Beyond the sunset, Oh, glad reunion With our dear loved ones Who've gone before; In that fair homeland. We'll know no parting--

HYMN 179 With Jesus I Will Travel

Norwegian: Med Jesus vil eg fara John 15: 1 Text: Elias Blix (1836-1902). Tune: Norwegian Folk Sunmøre 1. With Jesus I will travel, On my life’s pilgrimage. Lord, keep me close beside you, Until my dying day. It is my highest glory, The greatest joy I know, To follow in your footsteps Where you would have me go. 2. O Jesus, star of morning, Shed light upon my way. My heart is filled with longing To walk with you each day. Your light is even brighter Than once in Bethlehem, Send light to light my journey As I am coming home. 3. O Jesus, Rose of Sharon, Bloom gloriously in me. Let nothing come between us Or lead me, Lord, astray. O vine within the vineyard, My dear Lord Jesus Christ, I am

HYMN 178 Lift Every Voice and Sing

Text: James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) Tune: J. Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954) 1. Lift ev'ry voice and sing 'Til earth and heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of Liberty. Let our rejoicing rise High as the list'ning skies; Let it resound loud as the rolling sea. Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us; Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us; Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, Let us march on 'til victory is won. 2. Stony the road we trod, Bitter the chastening rod, Felt in the days when hope unborn had died; Yet with a steady beat, Have not our weary feet Come to the place for which our fathers sighed? We have come over a way that with

HYMN 177 Whate'er my God ordains is right/contemporary

German: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan Text: Samuel Rodigast (1649-1708) Tune: Gastorius/Matt Merker 1 Whate'er my God ordains is right: his holy will abideth; I will be still, whate'er he doth, and follow where he guideth. He is my God; though dark my road, he holds me that I shall not fall: wherefore to him I leave it all. 2 Whate'er my God ordains is right: he never will deceive me; he leads me by the proper path; I know he will not leave me. I take, content, what he hath sent; his hand can turn my griefs away, and patiently I wait his day. 3 Whate'er my God ordains is right: though now this cup, in drinking, may bitter seem to my faint heart, I take it, all unshrinking. My God is true;

HYMN 176 God who made the Earth and Heavens/All Through the Night

Text: Reginald Heber (1783-1826) Tune: Welsh folk/Ar hyd I nos 1 God, who made the earth and heaven, Darkness and light: You the day for work have given, For rest the night. May your angel guards defend us, Slumber sweet your mercy send us, Holy dreams and hopes attend us, All through the night. 2 And when morn again shall call us To run life's way, May we still whate'er befall us, Your will obey. From the pow'r of evil hide us, In the narrow pathway guide us, Never be your smile denied us All through the day. 3 Guard us waking, guard us sleeping, And, when we die, May we in your mighty keeping All peaceful lie. When the trumpet's call shall wake us, Then, O Lord, do not forsake us, But to

HYMN 175 I Will Always Remember the Days of Old

Text: John Ylvisaker (1938-2017). Tune: Norwegian Folk tune: Jeg ser deg, O Guds Lam å stå 1. I will always remember the days of old And worship the Lord of Creation. I will always remember the stories told By those of the past generations. R/ I’ll sing with all the saints who’ve gone on before, And sing with all the saints of earth And I’ll always remember the day of old And worship the Lord of Creation. 2. I will always remember the days of old, Confirmed by the Lord’s invitation. I will always remember the stories told By those who have brought me salvation. R/I’ll sing with all the saints who’ve gone on before, And sing with all the saints of earth. And I’ll always remember the days of

HYMN 174 Because He Lives...

Text: Gloria Gaither (1942-) William J. (Bill) Gaither (1936-) 1. God sent His son, they called Him Jesus, He came to love, heal and forgive, He lived and died to buy my pardon, An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives, R/Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, Because He lives, all fear is gone, Because I know He holds the future, And life is worth the living, just because He lives 2. How sweet to hold a newborn baby And feel the pride and joy He gives, But greater still the calm assurance This child can face uncertain days, because He lives, R/ 3. And then one day, I'll cross the river, I'll fight life's final war with pain And then, as death gives way to victory I'll see the

HYMN 173 And did those Feet in Ancient Time/Jerusalem

Text: William Blake (1757-1827) Tune: Herbert Parry (1848-1918) 1. And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England's mountain green? And was the holy Lamb of God On England's pleasant pastures seen? 2. And did the countenance divine Shine forth upon our clouded hills? And was Jerusalem builded here Among those dark satanic mills? 3. Bring me my bow of burning gold! Bring me my arrows of desire! Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold! Bring me my chariot of fire! 4. I will not cease from mental fight, Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand, Till we have built Jerusalem In England's green and pleasant land. MEDITATION A shining evening in early September, the early 1970s, the sable sky of

HYMN 172 There is Strength in our Hands when they're Folded

Norwegian: Det er makt i de foldede hender Text: Trygve Bjerkrheim (1904-2001) Tune: Øyvind Fritjof Tønnesen (1917-1967) 1. There is strength in our hands when they’re folded By themselves, unimportant and small. When you turn to our God who is mighty. You can trust he will hear as you call: R/For the answer will come; Angels fly with the news Though not always as you might have prayed. But our God who is faithful has promised to you, Call on me; I will answer today. 2. You that pray for your children and loved ones, Interceding for them year by year, You can learn to be quiet and patient, You can trust that one day you will hear: R/ 3. There is strength in our hands when they’re folded

HYMN 171 The Old Rugged Cross

Norwegian: Til det gamle, ærverdige kors or Det eldgammel kors 1 Corinthians 1:18 Text: George Bennard (1873-1958) Tune: George Bennard (1873-1958) 1. On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross The emblem of suffering and shame, And I love that old cross where the dearest and best For a world of lost sinners was slain: R/So I'll cherish the old rugged cross Till my trophies at last I lay down And I will cling to the old rugged cross And exchange it some day for a crown. 2. Oh, that old rugged Cross so despised by the world Has a wondrous attraction for me For the dear Lamb of God, left His Glory above To bear it to dark Calvary R/ 3. In the old rugged Cross, stain'd with blood so divi

HYMN 170 Whatever God Ordains is Right

German: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan Deuteronomy 32:4 Text: Samuel Rodigast (1649-1708) Tune: Anonymous ca. 1 Whate'er my God ordains is right: His holy will abideth; I will be still, whate'er he doth, And follow where he guideth. He is my God; though dark my road, He holds me that I shall not fall: Wherefore to him I leave it all. 2 Whate'er my God ordains is right: He never will deceive me; He leads me by the proper path; I know he will not leave me. I take, content, what he hath sent; His hand can turn my griefs away, And patiently I wait his day. 3 Whate'er my God ordains is right: Though now this cup, in drinking, May bitter seem to my faint heart, I take it, all unshrinking. My God

HYMN 169 The Sun Sets in the Sea

Icelandic: Nú hverfur sól i haf Text: Sigurbjörn Einarsson (1911-2008) Tune: Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson (1938-2013) 1. The sun sets in the sea Diminishing the light. I thank you, God of grace Who gives us day and night, My working day, my dream, my night. 2. You are awake, o God, Protecting life that´s weak In all the whole wide world. The star of hope we seek, The star of hope of heav´n we seek. 3. As day leads into night Let hope and life break through Where hate and sorrow reign, Where we´re forgetting you, On earth where we´re forgetting you. 4. Come night with grace and peace, Be near us, God of love, Come with your healing pow´r To all the pain of life, To all the human pain of lif

HYMN 167 Just like a Child Coming home at Evening

Norwegian: Som når et barn kommer hjem Swedish: Som när ett barn kommer hem Luke 15: Text: Göte Strandsjö (1916-2001) Tune: Göte Strandsjö (1916-2001) Just like a child coming home at evening Is given a warm embrace, So was it for me returning to God. I knew all at once that I belonged there. I had a place in God’s heavenly home, A place that was expecting me, And I felt it, this is my dwelling, I am home in my parent’s embrace. Tr. Gracia Grindal MEDITATION The sense of lostness, of not having a place to go when one wants to go home, has been more and more an issue for many today. Homelessness is too much with us today for many reasons. Ironically, being at home for a prolonged confinement

HYMN 168 He Who Would Valiant Be

Hebrews 11:13-15 Text: John Bunyan (1628-1688). Tune: Monk’s Gate arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) Revised for 1906 English Hymnal Original from the book 1. He who would valiant be 1. Who would true valor see, 'Gainst all disaster, Let him come hither; Let him in constancy One here will constant be, Follow the Master. Come wind, come weather; There's no discouragement There’s no discouragement Shall make him once relent Shall make him once relent His first avowed intent His first avowed intent To be a pilgrim. To be a pilgrim. 2. Who so beset him round 2. Who so beset him round With dismal stories, With dismal stories, Do but t

HYMN 166 O Wonderful Words of the Gospel

Text: Fanny Crosby (1820-1915). Tune: Swedish folk tune Til Österland vill jag fara 1. O wonderful words of the Gospel: A message of blessing they bring, Proclaiming a finished redemption Through Jesus our Savior and King. 2. He came from the throne of his glory, And left the bright mansions above, The world to redeem from its bondage; So great his compassion and love. 3. O come to this wonderful Savior, Come weary and sorrow oppressed; Behold on the cross how he suffered; That you in his kingdom might rest. 4. There’s no other refuge but Jesus, No shelter where lost ones may fly: And now, while he’s tenderly calling: “O turn ye, for why will ye die?” MEDITATION When I came home from Norway

HYMN 165 O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Psalm 35:28 Text: Charles Wesley (1707-1788). Tune: arr. Lowell Mason (1792-1872) 1 O for a thousand tongues to sing My great Redeemer's praise, The glories of my God and King, The triumphs of his grace! 2 My gracious Master and my God, Assist me to proclaim, To spread thro' all the earth abroad The honors of your name. 3 Jesus! the name that charms our fears, That bids our sorrows cease, 'Tis music in the sinner's ears, 'Tis life and health and peace. 4 He breaks the power of cancelled sin, He sets the prisoner free; His blood can make the foulest clean; His blood availed for me. 5 To God all glory, praise, and love Be now and ever given By saints below and saints above, The Church in earth

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