Glædelig Fest! Glædelig Fest

written by Nicolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig

Glædelig Fest! Glædelig Fest

— Nicolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig

Glædelig Fest! Glædelig Fest!
Glædelig Jul og lyksaligt Nytaar,
Det faaer de bedst,
Dem times Hyrdernes Kaar,
Som paa den Tidende lide,
Gud haver ladet os vide;
Hver den, som hører og troer:
Engelens lønlige Ord!


Fare med Fred, Fare med Fred,
Fare med Fred, som dem Aanden har meldt,
Trøstes derved,
Født er den Himmelske Helt,
Skal de, som Hovedet bøie
For hvad de Prøvedes Øie,
Annas og Simeons, saae,
Tvivlene dermed nedslaae!


Stjernen i Øst, Stjernen i Øst,
Stjernen i Øst over Jødernes Drot,
Vidskabens Røst,
Rimer med Bogen sig godt,
Derved dog Liv kun formodes,
Frygter og fnyser Herodes,
Den giver Hjertet ei Bod,
Den koster Børnenes Blod!


Glædelig Fest, Glædelig Fest,
Glædelig Jul og lyksaligt Nytaar,
Det faaer de bedst
Dem times Hyrdernes Kaar,
Som, med Fornuften til Fange,
Lige til Bethlehem gange,
Og i hvad Barnet kun troer
Søger det lille Guds-Ord!

About the poet


Nicolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig

N.F.S. Grundtvig is considered to be the father of Danish folk schools. His radical ideas were the cornerstone upon which this educational reform was based. He was a Danish minister, a theologian, a poet, a philosopher, a historian, a hymn writer, a social critic, and most relevantly, an educator. His educational vision was for a unique school that would serve Danish people of all social standings, especially the farmers. He originally called it "folkelig hojskole" (loosely interpreted as "a school that would be "of and for the people"") (Borish, 1991, p. 17). His idea was to create an educational system that would give dignity to each person who attended. He wanted to awaken in each person a pride in Danish...

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