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 (29)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
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 Friedrich von Gerok (Author)German3
Der Heiland ist gekommenK. Gerok (Author)German1
Durch manche LänderstreckenKarl Friedrich von Gerok (Author)German5
Es ist in keinem andern Heil, Kein Name ward unsKarl von Gerok (Author)German8
Es l'uten zur Kirche die GlockenKarl Friedrich von Gerok (Author)2
Herr, an des Altares Stufen kniee ichKarl Friedrich von Gerok (Author)3
Hoher Fremdling der zur ErdenGerok (Author)German3
Holy, holy, holy blessed LordKarl von Gerok (Author)3
I send you out, go as I went before youKarl Gerok, 1815-1890 (Author)English2
Ich möchte heim, mich ziehts zum VaterhauseK. Gerok (Author)German7
Ich sende euch, ich selbst, der FuerstKarl von Gerok (Author)2
O heiliger Abend, mit Sterne besätGerok (Author)German1
Osterheld, Osterheld, Siegreich kommst du ausKarl Gerok (Author)German6
Osternacht, Osternacht, Hast der Welt das Licht gebrachtKarl Friedrich von Gerok (Author)German2
Rings ist Ruh', rings ist Ruh'Karl Friedrich von Gerok (Author)3
Schwach und matt und unvollkommenKarl Friedrich von Gerok (Author)3
Sei willkommen, Tag des HerrnKarl von Gerok (Author)German13
Seid eingedenk, o teure KinderschaarKarl von Gerok (Author)German5
Selig, wer im WeltgebrauseKarl von Gerok (Author)2
Sieh uns fertig, gegenwärtigK. Berok (Author)German3
Stranger, who from out the bosomKarl von Gerok (Author)4
Vielleicht es ist der letzte TagKarl Gerok (Translator)German2
Was fuer ein froehlich Tun und Treiben am Weihnachtsmarkt bis in die NachtKarl von Gerok (Author)4
Was weinest du? o süßer Ostergruss?Karl Friedrich von Gerok (Author)German3
Wer kennet hienieden die obere StadtKarl Friedrich von Gerok (Author)2
Wie der Hirsch nach frischen QuellenKarl von Gerok (Author)German8
Wie oft, wenn mir ein grauer MorgenKarl Friedrich von Gerok (Author)German2

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