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Hymn in Bergman's film "The Virgin Spring"

At the very end of Ingmar Bergman's film "The Virgin Spring," there is a choir singing a hymn.  I have tried to identify it for a former student who has asked me about it, but the best I can come up with is that it is hymn no. 144 in "the Swedish hymnal," according to one book I found online.  Nothing more specific than that.  Can anyone identify it?  Is it familiar to English-speaking churchgoers?  If so, as what hymn?  It may be a hymn for All Saints' Day in the Swedish Lutheran church.
 
Thanks.
on July 23, 2010 1:41pm
The hymn is called "I himmelen, i himmelen" (In heaven, in heaven), and to be precise it is no. 144 in the 1937 hymnal of the (Lutheran) Church of Sweden, which was current when Bergman made the film, but no. 169 in the 1986 hymnal of same which is currently in use. It is indeed a hymn for All Saints' Day.
 
The text is from the 17th century, and it has been sung to several tunes, for instance the Norwegian one used by Grieg in the last of his "Fire Salmer" (Four hymns). The tune used in the Bergman film is a Swedish folk tune AFAIK. One version of it is available here: http://runeberg.org/smfsang/0416.html (though the text is only in Swedish, of course). For an English sung translation of the text, go here: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/i/h/e/iheavabv.htm
 
Hope this helps.
 
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Regards,
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi
Helsinki, Finland
on July 24, 2010 6:40am
Very helpful, thank you!
 
 Now, does anyone know if that hymn with the melody Bergman uses appears in any English-language hymnal commonly in use?  I ask because I'm curious to know why the student thought the tune was familiar.
 
DS
on July 24, 2010 10:59am
David,
     When I saw your last question I looked in my Lutheran hymnbook, published by Augsberg, copyright 1978, and found a hymn at #330 that may be what you are searching for.  I'm not sure that the tune is the same, since this tune is called " I Himmelen, I Himmelen"  (in heaven, in heaven), but it may just be the same.
 
Bill Sherrill
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