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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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truly humane spirit in which he treats even subjects of
every-day life, casting over them an idealistic glow.
I think that this sketch could not be better concluded,
than by giving the following specimen of these lyrics,
which may be said to give the reader an insight into
the inner life of the author. The English version is by
the translator of this volume.

Philadelphia, May, 1879.

        H. A. W. L.

THE PICTURE IN THE HYMN-BOOK.


BY VIKTOR RYDBERG.

[An old schoolmate speaks.]

With hymn-book—it was the first I had,
        And clasped with silver gay—
I well remember, that Sunday, glad
        I bounded to church away.
I see the morning,
        And how the street,
With Spring’s adorning,
        Is clean and sweet;
How, fresh and green,
        Against our wall
The lilacs lean;
        How blossoms fall.
Oh what color, scents, light outpoured!
        Folk, all dressed
        In holiday best.
Take their way to the house of the Lord.

The golden cross on the church-tower gleams:
        ’Tis afire with flames of the sun.
Above, in a cataract, sounding streams
        From the metal, quivering run;

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