Nicolaus Decius

Short Name: Nicolaus Decius
Full Name: Decius, Nicolaus, 1485-1546
Birth Year: 1485
Death Year: 1541

Decius, Nicolaus (Nicolaus a Curia or von Hofe, otherwise Hovesch, seems to have been a native of Hof, in Upper Franconia, Bavaria, and to have been originally called Tech. He became a monk, and was in 1519 Probst of the cloister at Steterburg, near Wolfenbüttel. Becoming favourable to the opinions of Luther, he left Steterburg in July, 1522, and went to Brunswick, where he was appointed a master in the St. Katherine and Egidien School. In 1523 he was invited by the burgesses of Stettin to labour there as an Evangelical preacher along with Paulus von Rhode. He became preacher at the Church of St. Nicholas; was probably instituted by the Town Council in 1526, when von Rhode was instituted to St. Jacob's; and at the visitation in 1535 was recognized as pastor of St. Nicholas'. He died suddenly at Stettin, March 21, 1541, with some suspicion of being poisoned by his enemies of the Roman Catholic faction (Koch, i. 419-421, 471, 472; ii. 483; Allg. Deutsche Biography, iii. 791-793).

He seems to have been a popular preacher and a good musician. Three hymns are ascribed to him. These are versions of the “Sanctus," the "Gloria in excelsis," and the "Agnus Dei." The second and third are noted under these Latin first lines. He is also said to have composed or adapted the melodies set to them.

     [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Texts by Nicolaus Decius (36)AsAuthority LanguagesInstancessort descending
Allein Gott in der Hoeh sei Ehr, und Friede aufNicolaus Decius (Author)1
O Guds Lam uskyldig Paa Korset for os slagetNicolaus Decius (Author)Norwegian1
To God on high all glory beNikolaus Decius (Author)1
Allena Gud i himmelrikN. Decius (Translator (into German))Swedish2
All glory be to God on high And thanks for all His favorNicolaus Decius, c. 1485-after 1546 (Author)English2
Alone to God on high be praiseNikolaus Decius (Author)2
Bohu bud' slava na nebiNikolaus Decius (Author)2
Nach tausendsachen PlagenN. Decius (Author)2
O Lamb of God all blamelessNikolaus Decius (Author)2
O Lamb of God, most holy, Thy death vile men decreeNikolaus Decius (Author)2
O Thou Lamb of God, meek and lowlyNikolaus Decius (Author)2
All glory be to thee, Most High, To thee all adorationNicolaus Decius (Translator (German))English3
Al Dio sola estu glor'Nikolaus Decius (Author)Esperanto3
Lamb of God, without blemishNikolaus Decius (Author)3
O Lamb of God, most blamelessNikolaus Decius (Author)3
Alene Gud i HimmerigNicolaus Decius (Author)Norwegian4
Lamb of God, pure and sinlessNikolaus Decius (Author)English4
O Lamb of God, our SaviorNikolaus Decius (Author)English4
O Lamb of God, unspotted, Our crucified SaviorNikolaus Decius (Author)4
To God on high be thanks and praise, Who deigns our bonds to severNikolaus Decius (Author)4
To our almighty gracious GodNicolaus Decius (Author)English4
Guds rena Lam, oskyldigNikolaus Decius (Author)Swedish5
O Guds lam uskyldig, Paa Korset ihjelslagetNicolaus Decius (Author)Norwegian5
A Dios dad gracias, dad honorNikolaus Decius, 1480-1529 (Author)Spanish6
O Lamb of God, who, bleedingNikolaus Decius (Author)6
All glory be to God on high, And peace on earth from heavenNicolaus Decius (Versifier)English8
All glory be to God on high, And thanks to him foreverNikolaus Decius, 1490-1541 (Author)English8
O Lamb of God most stainless! Who on the cross didst languishNicolaus Decius (Author)English9
Lamb of God most holyNikolaus Decius (Author)English10
Lamb of God, pure and holyNikolaus Decius, 1490?-1541 (Author)English11
O Lamb of God, most holy, On Calvary an offeringNikolaus Decius, 1490-1541 (Author)English12
O Lamb of God, most holy, Who on the cross didst suffer (Russell)Nikolaus Decius (Author)English16
To God on high be thanks and praise, For mercy ceasing neverNikolaus Decius (Author)English20
O Lamm Gottes, unschuldigNikolaus Decius (Author)German71
All glory be to God on high, Who hath our race befriendedNikolaus Decius (Author)82
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, Und Dank für seine Gnade (Decius)Nikolaus Decius (Author)German95

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