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Living Wellsprings

The Hymns, Songs and Poems of N.F.S. Grundtvig

A part of the series N.F.S. Grundtvig: Works in English (2) and the subject area

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420 pages
ISBN 978 87 7124 794 7


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'All my Living Wellsprings are in you', says God to His people in Psalm 87:7. The title seems apt for the poetic works of the Danish poet-pastor N.F.S. Grundtvig (1783-1872) who wrote over a third of the hymns in the present Danish Hymnbook as poet, adaptor, or translator. Living Wellsprings contains a wide selection of Grundtvig's best-known hymns and songs along with a number of his shorter poems - 162 items in all - in new translations. Ths is the first comprehensive collection of the poetry of one of the pre-eminent builders of the Danish nation, who regarded Danish history, language, and song as absolutely indispensable to the life of what he termed 'the state, the church, and the school'.

As part of its agenda to digitalise and translate Grundtvig's vast output, the Grundtvig Study Centre at Aarhus University is pleased to publish this second volume in the series, 'N.F.S. Grundtvig: Works in English'. Volume 1, The School for Life, contains Grundtvig's major writings on education. Future volumes will deal with his philosophy, his politics, and his theology.

Rikke Kensinger


MA in Scandinavian languages and literature Rikke works primarily with the series 50 højdepunkter and modern history and spends the rest of her time on communications, sales and marketing of Press books. She has a background as an expatriate Dane with jobs in the journals department at Cambridge University Press, teacher of English as a foreign language and project worker at art museums in the US.

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