Karl Gerok

Karl Gerok
Short Name: Karl Gerok
Full Name: Gerok, Karl, 1815-1890
Birth Year: 1815
Death Year: 1890

Gerok, Karl von, D.D , was born January 30, 1815, at Stuttgart, and studied theology at the University of Tubingen. He was, from 1836 to 1840, assistant at his father's church in Stuttgart; 1840-43, lecturer (repetent) at Tübingen, and after 1844 diaconus at Böblingen, near Stuttgart. In 1849 he returned to preach at Stuttgart, where he now resides (1886), as chief court preacher and oberconsistorialrath (0. Kraus, 1879, p. 165: manuscript from Dr. von Gerok, &c).

Gerok is well known as an eloquent preacher, and has published various volumes of sermons. His fame principally rests on his sacred poetry. The best known of his poetical works is his Palmblätter, 1857, which has attained a wonderful circulation, and reached a 56th edition in 1886. A new series appeared in 1878 as Palmblätter Neue Folge (9th ed., 1885, under the title Auf einsamen Gängen). A series of poems on the Book of the Acts of the Apostles appeared as Pfingstrosen, 1864, (8th ed. 1886). His other poetical works are, Die letzte Strauss, 1885 (5th ed., 1886), Blumen und Sterne, 1867 (11th ed., 1886), and Deutsche Ostern, 1872(6th ed., 1883). The Palmblätter is in four parts: pt. 1 consisting of poems on Holy Words, i.e. mostly founded on sayings of Holy Scripture; pt. ii. on "Holy Times" (Advent, &c); pt. iii. on "Holy Mountains," and pt. iv. on "Holy Waters," i.e. on Mountains and Waters mentioned in Holy Scripture. From it a few centos have passed into some of the recent German hymn-books; and a version apparently including translations of all the poems in the ed. of the German used appeared in English as Palm leaves by Karl Gerok. Translated from the German by J. E. A. Brown. London: Strahan & Co., 1869. A large number of the individual poems have also been tr, by Miss Borthwick (who has also translated a few from the Pfingstrosen), Miss Burlingham, the Revs. Dr. R. Maguire, E, Massie, J. Kelly, and various others. But as none of these versions have passed into English common use, and as the originals are poems and not hymns, we must refer the reader to the works of these translators

[Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology

Texts by Karl Gerok (26)sort descendingAsInstances
Dankt dem Schoepfer und preist den ErhalterKarl von Gerok (Author)2
Das Kindlein schl'ft, Ihr Eltern jammertKarl von Gerok (Author)3
Das Wetter zieht herniederKarl von Gerok (Author)2
Durch manche L'nderstrekkenKarl von Gerok (Author)4
Es ist in einem andern Heil, Kein Name ward unsKarl von Gerok (Author)7
Es ist in keinen Audern Heilkarl Gerok (Author)2
Es l'uten zur Kirche die GlockenKarl von Gerok (Author)2
Herr, an des Altares Stufen kniee ichKarl von Gerok (Author)3
Hoher fremdling der zur erdenKarl von Gerok (Author)2
Holy, holy, holy blessed LordFriedrich Karl von Gerok, (1815-1890) (Author)3
I send you out, go as I went before youKarl Gerok, 1815-1890 (Author)2
Ich möchte heim, mich ziehts zum VaterhauseKarl von Gerok (Author)6
Ich sende euch, ich selbst, der FuerstKarl von Gerok (Author)2
Osterheld, Osterheld, Siegreich kommst du ausKarl Gerok (Author)5
Osternacht, Osternacht, Hast der Welt das Licht gebrachtK. Gerok (Author)2
Rings ist Ruh', rings ist Ruh'Karl von Gerok (Author)3
Schwach und matt und unvollkommenKarl von Gerok (Author)3
Sei willkommen, Tag des HerrnKarl von Gerok (Author)13
Seid eingedenk, o teure KinderschaarKarl Gerok (Author)5
Selig, wer im WeltgebrauseKarl von Gerok (Author)2
Stranger, who from out the bosomKarl von Gerok (Author)3
Was fuer ein froehlich Tun und Treiben am Weihnachtsmarkt bis in die NachtKarl von Gerok (Author)3
Was weinest du, o suesser OstergrussKarl von Gerok (Author)2
Wer kennet hienieden die obere StadtKarl von Gerok (Author)2
Wie der Hirsch nach frischer QuelleKarl von Gerok (Author)7
Wie oft, wenn mir ein grauer MorgenKarl Gerok (Author)2

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