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Composer (attr.): Martin Herbst

Born: January 15, 1654, Rotenbach, Germany. Died: 1681, Eisleben, Germany, of plague. Martin Herbst (1654-1681) was a German Lutheran clergyman. Herbst stu­died at St. Lo­renz School in Nürn­berg, and read the­ol­o­gy and phi­lo­so­phy at Alt­dorf and Je­na. He was made Rec­tor of the Gym­na­si­um in Eis­le­ben in 1680, and lat­er became pas­tor of St. An­dre­as church in the same town. Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer (attr.): Martin Herbst (1676)
Incipit: 55123 45556 77655
Key: d minor or modal


AUS DER TIEFE (also called HEINLEIN) was published in the Nürnbergisches Gesang-Buch (1676-77) as a setting for Christoph Schwamlein's text based on Psalm 130 "Aus der Tiefe rufe ich" ("Out of the Depths I Cry"). In that songbook the tune was attributed to "M. H.," initials that are generally accepted to refer to Martin Herbst (b. Rothenbach, Germany, 1654; d. Eisleben, Germany, 1681). Herbst was educated in theology and philosophy at the universities of Altdorf and Jena. In 1680 he became rector of the gymnasium (high school) and pastor of St. Andrew Church in Eisleben. The following year he died of the plague.

In the Psalter Hymnal, AUS DER TIEFE is in isorhythm, but its harmonization helps to keep it a "humble handmaiden" for the psalm text. Sing the tune in parts, and add a Picardy third on the final chord of stanza 2. The key and opening notes are the same as in Psalm 130; they share the same key and opening notes.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


The Book of Common Praise: being the hymn book of The Church of England in Canada (revised 1938) #105
Text: Forty days and forty nights
  • MusicXML (XML)
  • MusicXML - Alternate setting (XML)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #694
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #1131
Text: Christ Will Gather in His Own
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #1596
Text: Forty Days and Forty Nights
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2354
Text: Heavenly Father, Bless Me Now
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2524
Text: Holy Father, Hear My Cry
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2837
Text: It Is Finished, All the Pain
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #131
Text: LORD, My Heart Is Humbled Now
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)


Instances (1 - 37 of 37)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #121TextFlexScore
Chalice Hymnal #179TextPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #694Tune InfoScoreAudio
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #337TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #175TextPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #95Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #190
Gather (3rd ed.) #483Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive #384TextFlexScorePage Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #411Page Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #167Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #150Text
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #130a
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #103
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #202
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #288
Moravian Book of Worship #760
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #401Page Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #77TextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #131Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #299TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #293
Singing the Faith #236
Small Church Music #994Audio
Small Church Music #2811Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #1131TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1596TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2354TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2524TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2837TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #205Text
The New English Hymnal #67TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #591
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #114Text
Worship (3rd ed.) #419Text
Worship (4th ed.) #466
Worship (4th ed.) #865
Include 31 pre-1979 instances