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)sort ascendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
To our almighty gracious GodNikolaus Decius (Author)English4
To God on high be thanks and praise, For mercy ceasing neverNicolaus Decius (Author)English20
To God on high be thanks and praise, Who deigns our bonds to severNikolaus Decius (Author)4
To God on high all glory beNikolaus Decius (Author)1
O Thou Lamb of God, meek and lowlyNikolaus Decius (Author)2
O Lamm Gottes, unschuldigNikolaus Decius (Author)German71
O Lamb of God, who, bleedingNikolaus Decius (Author)6
O Lamb of God, unspotted, Our crucified SaviorNicolaus Decius (Author)4
O Lamb of God, our SaviorNikolaus Decius (Author)English4
O Lamb of God most stainless! Who on the cross didst languishNicolaus Decius (Author)English9
O Lamb of God, most holy, Thy death vile men decreeNikolaus Decius (Author)2
O Lamb of God, most holy, Who on the cross didst suffer (Russell)N. Decius (Author)English16
O Lamb of God, most blamelessNikolaus Decius (Author)3
O Lamb of God, most holy, On Calvary an offeringNikolaus Decius (Author)English12
O Lamb of God all blamelessNikolaus Decius (Author)2
O Guds lam uskyldig, Paa Korset ihjelslagetNicolaus Decius (Author)Norwegian5
O Guds Lam uskyldig Paa Korset for os slagetNicolaus Decius (Author)Norwegian1
Nach tausendsachen PlagenN. Decius (Author)2
Lamb of God, without blemishNikolaus Decius (Author)3
Lamb of God, pure and sinlessNikolaus Decius, 1485-aft. 1546 (Author)English4
Lamb of God, pure and holyNikolaus Decius, 1490?-1541 (Author)English11
Lamb of God most holyNikolaus Decius (Author)English10
Guds rena Lam, oskyldigNicolaus Decius (Author)Swedish5
Bohu bud' slava na nebiNikolaus Decius (Author)2
Alone to God on high be praiseNikolaus Decius (Author)2
Allena Gud i himmelrikN. Decius (Translator (into German))Swedish2
Allein Gott in der Hoeh sei Ehr, und Friede aufNicolaus Decius (Author)1
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, Und Dank für seine Gnade (Decius)Nikolaus Decius (Author)German95
All glory be to thee, Most High, To thee all adorationNicolaus Decius (Translator (German))English3
All glory be to God on high, Who hath our race befriendedNikolaus Decius (Author)82
All glory be to God on high, And peace on earth from heavenN. Decius (Author)English8
All glory be to God on high And thanks for all His favorNicolaus Decius, c. 1485-after 1546 (Author)English2
All glory be to God on high, And thanks to him foreverNikolaus Decius, 1485-1550 (Author)English8
Alene Gud i HimmerigNikolaus Decius (Author)Norwegian4
Al Dio sola estu glor'Nikolaus Decius (Author)Esperanto3
A Dios dad gracias, dad honorNikolaus Decius (Author)Spanish6

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