When Earth with All Its Joys Defeats Me

Author: D. Engelbretsdotter

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Translator: Gracia Grindal

Gracia Grindal was born in Powers Lake, North Dakota on May 4, 1943. She spent her childhood years in Tioga and Rugby, North Dakota. At the age of twelve, her family moved to Salem, Oregon where she graduated high school. She earned the B.A. degree from Augsburg College in 1965, the M.A. degree from Luther Seminary in 1983, and the M.F.A. degree from the University of Arkansas in 1969. Gracia Grindal became a member of the Luther Seminary faculty as associate professor of pastoral theology and ministry, communications, in 1984. She was named Professor of Rhetoric in 1992. Grindal came to the seminary from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, where she was a member of the English department faculty from 1968 to 1984. She has published two books of… Go to person page >

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First Line: When earth with all its joys defeats me
Title: When Earth with All Its Joys Defeats Me
Norwegian/Scandinavian Title: Naar Verden med sin Glede sviker
Author: D. Engelbretsdotter
Translator: Gracia Grindal
Language: English
Copyright: © 1994 Selah Publishing Company. Used by permission.



Published in 1657 (see above) WER NUR DEN LIEBEN GOTT is also known as NEUMARK. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used the tune in its isorhythmic shape (all equal rhythms) in his cantatas 21, 27, 84, 88, 93, 166, 179, and 197. Many Lutheran composers have also written organ preludes on this tune. WER NUR DEN…

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #479