Thy Holy Wings

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Thy Holy Wings
Christian hymn
Genre hymn
Occasion evening
Text Lina Sandell
Language Swedish

"Thy Holy Wings" (originally "Bred dina vida vingar" literally "Spread your wide wings") is a Swedish metrical psalm setting with lyrics by Lina Sandell [1] in 1860 and reworked in 1865 to a Danish or Swedish folk melody.

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References

  1. "Sandell var verkligen före sin tid" (in Swedish). Dagen. 21 August 2003. Retrieved 19 October 2015.