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Oluf Hanson Smeby   1 comment


Above:  Albert Lea, Minnesota, April 28, 1908

Photographer and Copyright Claimant = Frederick J. Bandholtz, Des Moines, Iowa

H116197–U.S. Copyright Office

Image Source = Library of Congress

Oluf Hanson Smeby (1851-1929) was a Norwegian Lutheran minister and hymn translator in the United States.  He served as the chairman of the committee for The Lutheran Hymnary (1913).


O Holy Spirit, Grant Us Grace:

Abide with us, the Day is Waning:


O Holy Spirit, Grant Us Grace   1 comment

Pentecost Dove May 24, 2015

Above:  Pentecost Dove

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Original Text (1591) by Bartholomaus Ringwaldt (1532-1599)

Translation #1 (1693) by Soren Jonasson

Translation #2 (1909) by Oluf Hanson Smeby (1851-1929)

Hymn Source = The Concordia Hymnal:  A Hymnal for Church, School and Home (1932), U.S. Norwegian Lutherans


1.  O Holy Spirit, grant us grace

That we our Lord and Saviour

In faith and fervent love embrace,

And truly serve Him ever,

So that when death is drawing nigh,

We to His open wounds may fly,

And find in them salvation.

2.  Help us that we Thy saving word

In faithful hearts may treasure;

Let e’er that bread of life afford

New grace in richest measure;

Yea, let us die to ev’ry sin,

For heav’n create us new within,

That fruits of faith may flourish.

3.  And when our earthly race is run,

Death’s bitter hour impending,

Then may Thy work, in us begun,

Continue till life’s ending;

Until we gladly may commend

Our souls into our Savior’s hand,

To rest in peace eternal.

Abide With Us, The Day Is Waning   3 comments


Above:  Night, Between 1910 and 1920

Publisher and Copyright Claimant = Detroit Publishing Company

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-D4-72241

Original Danish Words (1834) by Casper Johannes Boye (1791-1853)

English Translation (1909) by the Reverend Oluf Hanson Smeby (1851-1929)

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.  Abide with us, the day is waning,

Thus prayed the two while on the way;

We read that Thou, O Lord, remaining,

Didst all their doubts and fears allay.

Incline Thine ear, Thou King of grace,

When praying thus, we seek Thy face.

2.  At eventide, Thy Spirit sending,

Help us, O Lord, our watch to keep,

In prayer devout, before Thee bending,

Ere our eyelids in sleep,

Confessing sin in deed and word,

With hope of mercy from the Lord.

3.  Abide with us, with heav’nly gladness

Illumine, Lord, our darkest day;

And when we weep in pain and sadness

Be Thou our solace, strength and stay;

Tell of Thy woe, Thy vict’ry won,

When Thou didst pray:  God’s will be done.

4.  Abide with us, O Savior tender,

That bitter day when life shall end,

When to the grave we must surrender,

And fear and pain our hearts shall rend;

The shield of faith do Thou bestow,

When trembling we must meet the foe.

5.  When earthly help no more availeth,

To sup with us Thou wilt be night;

Thou givest strength that never faileth,

In Thee we grave and death defy:

While earth is fading from our sight,

Our eyes behold the realms of light.