Pictures of Swedish life; or, Svea and her children

9781231166369: Pictures of Swedish life; or, Svea and her children
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 Excerpt: ... the almanac; and so there are three hundied and sixtyfive extra chances of having a day when one is to be specially feted. As Swedes often have three baptismal names, the probability is increased of being honorably mentioned in the almanac. In this catalogue stand not only apostles and martyrs, the saints of old, the Christian Fathers, but Martin Luther, Knut, the Seven Sleepers, and all the present royal family of Sweden. Oscar Day is on the 1st of December; and it is a favorite joke that it is usually accompanied by a falling of stars, the breasts on which they are to find rest being indicated by the king, and duly published in the official government organ as "orders conferred." One Oscar Day has left for itself a special memory. A loyal bishop, adorned with his official cross and chain and wearing his "stars," held a service in a chapel in celebration of the day. Devout prayers were made for the "king and all in authority," followed by the singing of Luther's psalm, " Our God is our strong fortress," which has for the Swedes much the character of a national hymn. The patriotic little congregation dispersed with specially friendly greetings and nods and pats in the vestibule. A kindly Swede had ordered an uncommonly good supper to be given to the inniutes of the poor-house of the city in honor of the occasion. The poor-house proved to be like an elastic little red cottage, that had been simply stretched out to an extraordinary length. The sun had set at about three o'clock, and it was quite dark when we arrived on the premises. Entering unannounced with the giver of the feast, we groped our way, as best we could, by the light that came through the small windows from the street without. The corridor extended along ...

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