Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.@Matthew 6:10
Gunnar Wennerberg (1817–1901)

Kar­o­li­na W. San­dell-Berg, 1870 (Til­komme ditt rike, o Herre vår Gud). Trans­la­tor un­known.

Tillkomme Ditt Rike Gun­nar Wen­ner­berg, 1870 (🔊 pdf nwc).

On April 17, 1869, two Swe­dish mis­sion­ar­ies, Kjell­berg and Elf­blad, were killed in Ku­na­ma, Abys­sin­ia (now Ethi­o­pia). Then, ov­er the Chris­tmas and New Year sea­son of 1869/1870, news reached Stock­holm that an­oth­er mis­sion­a­ry in the same area had died, sev­er­al oth­ers were sick and had moved to an­oth­er area for treat­ment, and the on­ly mis­sion­a­ry still in the Ku­na­ma area was at­tacked by the same peo­ple who months ear­li­er mur­dered the oth­er mis­sion­ar­ies.

Hap­pi­ly, though, the lone mis­sion­a­ry was saved. When San­dell heard the tid­ings, she wrote this hymn, and Wen­ner­berg com­posed the tune short­ly af­ter. The words first ap­peared in the in­au­gur­al is­sue of Mis­sions-Tid­ning­en in 1870, and the mu­sic in the se­cond is­sue.

Lina Sandell (1832–1903)

O Father, Thy kingdom is come upon earth,
Thou rulest in all Thy creation;
Thou sendest Thy witnesses, telling Thy worth,
To call and entreat every nation,
With news of Thy mighty salvation,
With news of Thy mighty salvation.

They lift up a light amid shadows of fear,
And love is Thy banner above them;
No trouble shall touch them, no foes that appear
Shall e’er from their loyalty move them;
’Tis Thou dost uphold and approve them,
’Tis Thou dost uphold and approve them.

They go in Thy strength, and they speak in Thy name,
With power of Thy promise forth faring,
And during the battle the victory claim,
Their trust in Thy strength is their daring,
Salvation to all men declaring,
Salvation to all men declaring.