Johann Samuel Diterich

Short Name: Johann Samuel Diterich
Full Name: Diterich, Johann Samuel, 1721-1797
Birth Year: 1721
Death Year: 1797

Diterich, Johann Samuel, eldest son of A. M. Diterich, pastor of St. Mary's Church, Berlin, was born at Berlin, Dec. 15, 1721. After studying at the Universities of Frankfurt a. Oder, and Halle, he was for some time a private tutor in Berlin. He was, in 1748, appointed diaconus of St. Mary's Church in Berlin, and regimental chaplain, becoming, in 1751, archidiaconus, and, in 1754, pastor of St. Mary's. In 1763 he was appointed private Chaplain to the Queen, and in 1770 a member of the Supreme Consistory. He died at Berlin, Jan. 14, 1797 (Koch, vi. 228-231; Allg. Deutsche Biog., v. 258-259). His hymns appeared in the following works:—

(1) Lieder für den offentlichen Gottesdienst Berlin, 1765, with 23G hymns, edited by himself and his col¬leagues in Stanzas Mary's Church. Designed as a supplement to Porst's Gesang-Buch of 1713. (2) Gesangbuch zum (foltesdienstlichen Gebrauch in den Königlich-Preus-sischen Landen, Berlin, 1780, with 447 hymns principally edited by himself. (3) Gesangbuch für die häusliche Andacht. Berlin, 1787, with 421 hymns, principally of recent date.
None of these books give names of authors. Diterich seems to have contributed about 100 hymns either original or entirely recast, besides rewriting portions of many others. He distinguished himself as a leader in the unhappy process of “modernising" and "improving" the older German hymns, by which they were reduced to 18th cent. "correctness," and had all the life polished out of them. His 1765 collection formed the model of many wretched hymn-books, and his influence is even seen in such recent collections as the Hamburg Gesang-Buch 1842, the Nassau Gesang-Buch, 1844, and the Gesang-Buch für die evang. Landeskirche im Grossherzogtum Sachsen, Weimar, 1883.

A number of the recasts from the older hymns which appear under Diterich's name are noted in this Dictionary under the names of their original authors. The following may be regarded as practically original:—
i. Schon ist der Tag von Gott bestimmt. [Second Advent.] 1765, as above, No. 129, in 8 stanzas of 7 lines. Included as No. 390 in the Nassau Gesang-Buch, 1844. The only translation in common use is:—
The trumpet sounds! the day is come! A full and good translation in Dr. H. Mills's Horae Germanica, 1845 (ed. 1856, p. 332). Dr. Hatfield included stanzas i., iv., vi., vii., altered, in his Church Hymn Book, 1872.
The following, although not in English common use, are available for hymnological purposes :—
ii. Auf Erden Wahrheit auszubreiten. Christ's Ministry. 1787, as above, No. 79, in 10 stanzas. Translated by Dr. H. Mills, 1845 (ed. 1856, p. 283), as "That men to truth might not be strangers."
iii. Auf! Jesu Jünger! freuet euch! Ascension. 1765, as above, No. 79, in 12 stanzas, and is based on E. Alber's hymn "Nun freut euch Gottes Kinder all" (q. v.). Two forms have been translated (1) “Auf, Christen, auf und freuet euch," in the Berlin Gesang-Buch, 1780, No. 114; tr. as "Rejoice, ye saints, your fears be gone," by Dr. H. Mills, 1845 (ed. 1856, p. 324); and (2) "Ihr Jünger Jesu, freuet euch," in the Trier Gesang-Buch. (R. C), 1846, p. 94. Tr. as "Rejoice, ye saints, in glad accord," by Dr. R. F. Littledale, in Lyra Messianica, 1864, p. 371.
iv. Herr, meiner Seele grossen Werth. Greatness of the Soul. 1765, as above, No. 195, in 9 stanzas. Translated by Dr. H. Mills, 1845 (ed. 1856, p. 30), as “Lord, on the soul's enduring worth."
v. Mein Heiland lebt. Er hat die Macht. Resurrection of the Dead. 1765, as above, No. 123, in 8 stanzas. Translated by Miss Manington, 1863,p. 75, "My Saviour lives, and He the might."
vi. O Jesu, wahrer Frömmigkeit. Jesus our Example. Seems to have been suggested by J. J. Rambach's "Du wesentliches Ebenbild " in his Haus Gesang-Buch, 1735, No. 84. First published 1789, as above, No. 59, in 8 stanzas. Translated by Dr. H. Mills, 1845 (ed. 1856, p. 285), as "Jesus, of what we should approve." [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Texts by Johann Samuel Diterich (42)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, Dass er aus freiem TriebJ. S. Diterich (Author)German2
Auf, Christen, auf, und freuet euchJohann Samuel Diterich (Author)German13
Auf, Christen, lasst usn unsern GottJ. S. Dietrich, geb. 1721 (Author)1
Auf Erden Wahrheit auszubreitenJohann Samuel Dietrich (Author)German10
Auf, Jesu Juenger, freuet euchJohann Samuel Dietrich (Author)German16
Bringt Preis und Ruhm dem Heiland darJohann Samuel Dietrich (Author)German7
Dank dir, Herr, fuer die Obrigkeit, Du babst sieJohann Samuel Dietrich (Author)4
Der heiland kommt! Lobsinget IhmJ. S. Dietrich (Author)German11
Des Leibes warten und ihn nährenJoh. Sam. Dieterich (Author)3
Dich, dich, mein Gott, will ich erhebenJ. S. Diterich (Author)German2
Du aller Menschen Vater, Du guetiger BeratierJohann Samuel Dietrich (Author)5
Du, Gott, du bist der Herr der ZeitJ. C. Dietrich, geb. 1721 (Author)9
Du Vater deiner Menschenkinder, der du die Liebe selber istJohann Samuel Diterich † 1797 (Arranger)German1
Du willst es, Herr, mein GottJohann Samuel Dietrich (Author)5
Er kommt, er kommt zum WeltgerichtJohann Samuel Diterich (Author)5
Es ist noch eine Ruh' vorhanden Für jeden Gott ergebnen GeistJ. S. Dietrich (Author)German1
Es ist vollbracht, so ruft am Kreuze, des sterbenden Erlösers mundJohann Samuel Dietrich (Author)German33
Fuerwahr, du bist, o Gott verborgenJohann Samuel Dietrich (Author)12
Gib mir, o Gott, ein HerzJohann Samuel Diterich (Alterer)German1
Höchster, denk ich an die GüteJohann Samuel Diterich (Author)German2
Halt im Gedächtniß Jesum ChristJ. Dietrich (Author)German1
Herr, ich hab' von deiner Treu'Johann Samuel Diterich (Author)German14
Herr, mache meine Seele stilleJohann Samuel Dietrich (Author)7
Herr, meiner Seele grossen WerthJohann Samuel Dietrich (Author)7
Lass mich doch nicht, o Gott! Den sch'tzenJohann Samuel Dietrich (Author)German11
Lob, Ehre, Preis und Dank sei DirJohann Samuel Diterich, 1721-1797 (Author)German2
Mein Erloeser, Gottes Sohn, der du fuer michJohann Samuel Diterich (Author)5
Mein Geist, o Gott, wird ganz entzuecktJohann Samuel Dietrich (Author)17
Mein Heiland lebt, er hat die MachtJ. S. Dietrich, 1721-1791 (Author)German22
Nach meiner Seelen Seligkeit lass, herr, mich eifrig ringenJohann Samuel Dietrich (Author)German26
O Jesu, licht und heil der weltJohann Samuel Diterich (Author)12
O Jesu, wahrer FreommigkeitJohann Samuel Dietrich (Author)6
O Jesus, wir erheben DichJohann Samuel Diterich, 1721-1797 (Author)German2
O wie unaussprechlich seligJohann Samuel Diterich, 1721-1797 (Arranger)German1
Ohne Raft und unverweilt, Stroemen gleich, o seeleJoh. S. Dietrich, 1724-1797 (Author)2
Preist Christen mit ZufriedenheitJ. S. Dietrich, geb. 1797 (Author)German29
Schon is der Tag von Gott bestimmtJohann Samuel Diterich (Author)9
The trumpet sounds the day is comeJohann Samuel Dietrich (Author)English2
Voller Ehrfurcht, Dank und FreudenJohann Samuel Diterich, 1721-1797 (Author (v. 1))German1
Wer bin ich, Welche große [wichtige] FrageJ. S.Dietrich, 1721-1797 (Author)German16
Wer kann, Gott, je was Gutes habenJohann Samuel Dietrich (Author)6
Zu Deinem Preis und Ruhm erwachtJohann Samuel Diterich (Author)German18

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