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Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel

Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel
Short Name: Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel
Full Name: Hippel, Theodor Gottlieb von, 1741-1796
Birth Year: 1741
Death Year: 1796

Hippel, Theodor Gottlieb von, son of Melchior Hippel, rector of the Latin school at Gerdauen, in East Prussia, was b. at Gerdauen Jan. 31, 1741. He entered the University of Königsberg in 1756 as a student of theology, where he became an ardent disciple of Kant, and then, in 1762, turned to the study of law. In 1765 he became an advocate in Königsberg; in 1772, Town Judge; 1780, Burgomaster and Director of Police; 1786, Geheim Kriegsrath and City President. He died at Königsberg, April 23, 1796 (Koch, vi. 301-309; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, xii. 463-66).
In his writings Hippel's great aim was to popularise and apply the ideas of his master Kant. In his inner life he was a combination of contradictions; on one side of a wonderful fervour of devotion and communion with the unseen; and on the other ambitious, miserly and worldly. His hymns, written in the manner of Gellert, and almost all composed 1767-60, appeared mostly in his Geistliche Lieder, Berlin, 1772, and were reprinted with additions in vol. viii. of his collected works (14 vols., Berlin, 1827-37). Two have passed into English.
i. Gott hab' ich mich ergeben. Resignation. 1772, p. 44, in 7 stanzas of 6 lines, entitled "Submission to the will of God"; thence in the Berlin Geistliche Lieder, ed. 1863, No. 908. In the Berlin Gesang-Buch, 1829, No. 581, altered to "Dir hab ich mich ergeben." The only translation in common use is:—
To Thee, 0 Lord, I yield my spirit . Thine . A free translation of stanzas i., ii., v.; vii., by R. C. Singleton, as No. 271, in the Anglican Hymn Book, 1868.
ii. Jetzt leb’ ich, ob ich Morgen lebe. Preparation for Death. 1772, p. 39, in 6 stanzas, entitled "In recollection of Death." In the hymn-books sometimes repeated as in the original, sometimes as Noch leb ich, or as Heut leb ich. Translated as: (1) "Now I live; but if to night," by Miss Warner, 1858, p. 305. (2) “Though still I live, I know not when," by Dr. G. Walker, 1860, p. 96. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology

Wikipedia Biography

Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel (31 January 1741 – 23 April 1796) was a German satirical and humorous writer. Hippel was born at Gerdauen in the Kingdom of Prussia, where his father was rector of a school. He enjoyed an excellent education at home, and in his sixteenth year he entered the University of Königsberg as a student of theology. Among his instructors was the philosopher Immanuel Kant and the two became close friends. Interrupting his studies, he went, on the invitation of a friend, to St Petersburg, where he was introduced at the brilliant court of the empress Catherine II. Returning to Königsberg he became a tutor in a private family; but, falling in love with a young lady of high position, his ambition was aroused, and giving up his tutorship he devoted himself with enthusiasm to l

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Gott hab' ich mich ergebenTheodor Gottlieb von Hippel (Author)6
Ihr, die ihr mich verfolgt und schm'htTheodor Gottlieb von Hippel (Author)2
Noch leb' ich, ob ich Morgen lebeTheodor Gottlieb von Hippel (Author)11
Now I live, but if tonightTheodor Gottlieb von Hippel (Author)1
Wann, Herr, einst die Posaune ruftTh. G. v. Hippel (Author)4

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