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This number comes originally from Sweden, with English words by Stuart K. Hine. The number was originally a 9-verse poem called "O Store Gud" and was written in 1886 by Pastor Carl Boberg, inspired during a visit to a country estate in the south-east of Sweden, when he was caught in a huge thunderstorm which was followed by clear and brilliant sunshine and he then heard birds singing nearby. Several years later the words were set to a traditional Swedish folk melody. A German version was created in 1907 and some 5 years later a Russian version. English lyrics were provided for the first three verses by the Rev. Stuart Hine in about 1933 and for the fourth verse in 1947. Elvis loved singing this number in concert.  He recorded it on May 25, 1966.

Information creditted to David Neale.