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Henriette Katharina von Gersdorf

Short Name: Henriette Katharina von Gersdorf
Full Name: Gersdorf, Henriette Katharina von, 1648-1726
Birth Year: 1648
Death Year: 1726

Gersdorf, Henrietta Catharine von, daughter of Baron Carl von Friesen, was born at Sulzbach, near Amberg, Bavaria, Oct. 6, 1648. In 1672 she married Baron Nicolaus von Gersdorf, of Dresden; and after his death, in 1702, retired to her estate of Grosshennersdorf, near Herrnhut, Saxony, where she for some time superintended the education of her grandson, Count N. L. von Zinzendorf; and where she died March 6, 1726.

Her hymns, which are among the best of the period, appeared principally in the Löbau Gesang-Buch, 1725, and her Geistliche Singe-Stunden, Löbau, n. d., 1725, and were collected in her Geistreiche Lieder undpoetische Betrachtungen, Halle, 1729. Through J. J. Rambach's Haus Gesang-Buch, 1735, and the Hannover Gesang-Buch, 1740, some 30 have passed into German use.

Two have been translated into English:—
i. Ein Jahr der Sterblichkeit. New Year. In the Löbau Gesang-Buch, 1725, No. 536, in 11 stanzas, repeated 1729, p. 21. Translated as, "Another year of mortal life," by Dr. G. Walker, 1860, p. 63.
ii. Was darfat du, blödes Herz. Lent. 1729, p. 70, in 16 stanzas, entitled, "On the Grace of Justification." Translated as “What meanest thou, my soul," by Dr. H. Mills, 1845 (1856, p. 56). [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology


Texts by Henriette Katharina von Gersdorf (14)sort descendingAsInstances
Befiehl dem Herren deine Wege, Und mache dichHenriette Catharine von Gersdorf (Author)6
Dank sei dir, theures GotteslammHenriette Catharine von Gersdorf (Author)3
De ord, som du mig lader hoereH. K. Geradorf (Author)4
Ein Jahr der SterblichkeitHenriette Catharine von Gersdorf (Author)4
Herr, ach herr, wie lange machstHenriette Catharine von Gersdorf (Author)2
Herr, mein Heil, in aller AngstHenriette Catharine von Gersdorf (Author)4
Immanuel, des Guete nicht zu z'hlenHenriette Catharine von Gersdorf (Author)2
Immanuel, des Guete nicht zu z'hlen, der KrankenHenriette Catharine von Gersdorf (Author)3
Mein Herz ermunterre dich zum PreiseHenriette Catharine von Gersdorf (Author)3
Mein Herz, ermuntre dich zum PreiseHenriette Catharine von Gersdorf (Author)2
O freudenvolles Heute, da sich der Gottesheld fuer unsHenriette Catharine von Gersdorf (Author)3
Treuer Hirte deiner HeerdeHenriette Catharine von Gersdorf (Author)21
Unsre Obrigkeit erhalteHenr. Cath. v. Gersdorf (Author)2
We sinners void of goodHenriette Catharine von Gersdorf (Author)3

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