May 21, 1813, Gullarp, Skåne, Sweden.
October 22, 1882, Karlshamn, Blekinge, Sweden.
Hvilans Kyrkogård, Karlshamn, Blekinge, Sweden.
Spiritual Troubadour, Ahnfelt composed or arranged the music for all of Lina Sandell’s hymns. Like Sandell, he was a Pietist and traveled throughout Scandinavia singing her hymns, accompanying himself with a 10 string guitar.
The state church opposed pietistic hymns and ordered Ahnfelt to sing them before King Karl XV. After hearing him, the king said,
You may sing as much as you desire in both of my kingdoms. He sang them so much that Sandell wrote,
Ahnfelt has sung my songs into the hearts of the people.
Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale, was also a Pietist and popularized Sandell’s hymns in America and wherever she sang. She also financed the first edition of Ahnfelt’s songs, consisting mostly of Sandell’s hymns.