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  • 2018 December 16: Mikael Franzen

    December 16, 2018 10:30

    Frans Mikael Franzen (1772-1847) was a Swedish poet born in Finland. At thirteen he entered the university of Abo, where he attended the lectures of H. G. Porthan (1739-1804), a pioneer in the study of Finnish history and legend. Franzen graduated age 17. Three years later he embarked on a tour of Denmark, Germany, France and England, returning in 1796 (age 24) to accept the office of university librarian at Abo. In 1801 he became professor of history and ethics, and in 1808 (age 36) was elected a member of the Swedish Academy. (more )

  • 2018 December 2: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

    December 02, 2018 10:30

    After their marriage, Charles Wesley (1707-1788) and his wife Sally set up housekeeping in Bristol, England, heading up the Methodist activities there. Later they moved to London so Charles could work more closely with his brother John. All the while he was writing hymns. There are few stories behind specific hymns because Charles was just always writing them, needing neither events to inspire him nor stretches of meditative time to develop his ideas. He was just always writing hymns. (more )