Nicolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig

(1783 - 1872 / Denmark)

Nicolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig Poems

561. Ansgars Død 7/13/2012
562. Det Kimer Nu Til Julefest 1/1/2004
563. A Simple, Cheerful Active Life On Earth 4/21/2010
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A Simple, Cheerful Active Life On Earth

A simple, cheerful, active life on earth,
A cup I’d not exchange for monarch’s chalice,
In noble forebears’ tracks a path since birth,
With equal dignity in hut and palace,
With eye as when created heav’nward turned,
All beauty here and grandness keenly knowing,
Familiar though with those things deeply yearned,
Stilled only by eternity’s bright glowing.

I wished for all my line just such a life,
And zealously I planned for its fruition,
And when my soul grew tired from toil and strife,
The ‘Lord’s Prayer’ was its rest and its nutrition.
Then from truth’s...

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