1870-1958
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March 16, 1870, Skåne, Sweden.

October 6, 1958, Chicago, Illinois.

Riverside Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois.

Olson’s family emigrated to America in 1875. He attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He worked for Swedish newspapers, and for a publisher in Chicago, then became editor of the Augustana Book Concern (1911-49). He wrote four original hymns, and translated almost 30 more. He was a member of the Augustana Hymnal Committee, which published its Hymnal and Order of Service in 1925; many of his translations appeared there, but his translator credits appeared in the index rather on the individual pages. Olson was also on the Joint Commission on a Common Hymnal, which led to the publication of the Service Book and Hymnal in 1958.

In 1948, the King of Sweden made Olson a knight of the Royal Order of Vasa. Olson’s works include:

  1. Behold, by Sovereign Grace Alone
  2. Glorious Yuletide
  3. Jesus, Let My Final Rest
  4. Mine Eyes unto the Mountains
  1. Ajar the Temple Gates Are Swinging
  2. All Hail to Thee, O Blessed Morn!
  3. Blessèd, Blessèd He Who Knoweth
  4. Children of the Heavenly Father
  5. Come, O Jesus, and Prepare Me
  6. Come, O Sinner, All Is Ready
  7. Great Joy and Consolation
  8. Heavenly Light, Benignly Beaming
  9. I Near the Grave, Where’er I Go
  10. In the Temple Where Our Fathers
  11. In Triumph Our Redeemer
  12. Jerusalem, Lift Up Thy Voice
  13. Jesus, in My Walk and Living
  14. Lord, Disperse the Mists of Error
  15. Lord! Thou Source of All Perfection
  16. Merciful Savior, Come and Be My Comfort
  17. Mute Are the Pleading Lips of Him
  18. Now Hail We Our Redeemer
  19. O Jesus Christ, Thou Bread of Life
  20. O Lord, Give Ear unto Our Plea
  21. Praise the Lord, Each Tribe and Nation
  22. Savior Is Risen, The
  23. Sign of the Cross, The
  24. Strike Up, O Harp and Psaltery!
  25. Thine Agony, O Lord, Is O’er
  26. Thy Sacred Word, O Lord, of Old
  27. Unto the Lord of All Creation
  28. Wake, Arise! A Voice Appalling
  29. When the Vesper Bells Are Calling
  30. With God and His Mercy, His Spirit, and Word

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