“Day by Day” is a popular hymn, translated from the Swedish, “Blott en dag.” Karolina Wilhelmina Sandell-Berg wrote the lyrics in 1865, several years after witnessing her father’s tragic death by drowning. In 1872 Oscar Ahnfelt wrote the melody we still sing today. The Swedish lyrics were translated by Andrew L. Skoog, and the hymn first appeared in American hymnals in the 1920s. Though it is often sung at funeral services, “Day by Day” offers a comforting message at any time:
Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best-
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.
I hope you enjoy listening to this hymn on alto recorder and lyre!