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Ole T. (Sanden) Arneson   1 comment

Decorah, Iowa, 1870

Above:  Decorah, Iowa, 1870

Image Source = Library of Congress

Digital ID = g4154d pm002110

Ole T. (Sanden) Arneson (1853-1917) was a U.S. Norwegian Lutheran translator of hymns.


The Sun Has Gone Down:

How Fair the Church of Christ Shall Stand:


Posted January 9, 2015 by neatnik2009 in Sources A

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Above:  The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, January 23, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original Danish Words by Thomas Hansen Kingo (1634-1703)

English Translation by Ole T. (Sanden) Arneson (1853-1917)

Hymn Source = Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary (1996), Evangelical Lutheran Synod


1.  How fair the Church of Christ shall stand,

A beacon in all the land,

When love and faith all hearts inspire,

And all unite in one desire

To be a fam’ly and agree

To live in peace and unity.

2.  ‘Tis all vain that you profess

The doctrines of the Church, unless

You live according to your creed,

And show your faith by word and deed.

Observe the rule:  To others do

As you would have them do to you.

3.  Resentment, hate, and cruel jest,

Must not be harbored in the breast

Where love and charity should dwell;

Then think and speak of others well,

Refrain from all that causes strife

And mars a truly Christian life.

4.  So let your tongue, your heart, and mind

Agree to banish ev’ry kind

Of malice, falsehood, and disguise,

And here on earth a paradise

Of peace and harmony maintain,

Where concord and good will shall reign.

5.  For God observes our thoughts and deeds,

The secrets of our heart He reads;

The wicked cannot be concealed,

Their evil ways shall be revealed,

He ev’ry true believer knows,

And love and grace on him bestows.

6.  My soul, be therefore of good cheer,

Though sinners threaten, scoff, and sneer,

Serenely on your way proceed,

Nor worldly strife and clamor heed,

For Jesus’ sake the cross you bear,

And soon with Him the crown shall wear.

7.  O gracious God, wilt Thou my heart

So fashion in each secret part,

That Thou be sanctified in me,

Till Thee in heav’n above I see,

Where holy, holy, holy Lord,

We sing to Thee with one accord.

The Sun Has Gone Down   1 comment


Above:  Night, Between 1919 and 1920

Publisher and Copyright Claimant = Detroit Publishing Company

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-D4-72241

Original Words by Samuel Olsen Bruun (1656-1694)

English Translation (1908) by Ole T. (Sanden) Arneson

Hymn Source = Hymnal for Church and Home, Third Edition (1938), of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, denominations with Danish heritage


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 prayer.

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 strenthen’d my arm;

For hours that passed lightly as birds on the wing,

Thanksgiving I bring.

3.  Forgive me, O Lord,

My sins and transgressions in deed and in word!

Thou knowest my heart and my innermost thought,

The words I have spoken, the deeds I have wrought;

My errors and failings I deeply regret;

Forgive and forget.