Gottfried Hoffmann

Short Name: Gottfried Hoffmann
Full Name: Hoffmann, Gottfried, 1658-1712
Birth Year: 1658
Death Year: 1712

Hoffmann, Gottfried, son of Caspar Hoffmann, brewer at Plagwitz, near Lowenberg, in Silesia, was born at Plagwitz, Dec. 5, 1658. After studying at the University of Leipzig (M.A. 1688), he was appointed in 1688 Corrector, and in 1695 Rector of the Gymnasium at Lauban. In 1708 be became Rector of the Gymnasium at Zittau, where he died after a stroke of paralysis, Oct. 1, 1712. (Koch, v. 437-442; Allg. Deutsche Biographie, xii. 591-592.) Of his hymns, about 60 in all, written mostly for his scholars, only one has passed into English, viz.:—
Zeuch hin, mein Kind. Death of a Child. According to Koch, v. 442, this beautiful hymn was written in 1693, on the death of his little daughter Magdalene Elisabethe, was printed in the same year in her funeral sermon on Job i. 21, and included by Hoffmann in his Laubansche Leichengesänge, 1704. It is in Schwedler's Lieder Mose, Budissin, 1720, No. 306, and repeated in the Berlin Geistliche Lieder, ed. 1863, in 6 stanzas of 9 lines. Translated as:—
Depart, my child . A good translation, omitting st. iv., by Miss Borthwick, in Hymns from the Land of Luther, 1st Ser., 1854, p. 25 (1884, p. 28). Repeated in Kennedy, 1863, omitting st. iii., and beginning "Farewell, my child." Other translations are: (1) "So, go, my child," by E. Massie, 1866, p, 139. (2) "Go hence, my child," by Dr. J. Guthrie, 1869, p. 109.
[Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology

Texts by Gottfried Hoffmann (12)sort descendingAsInstances
Fahr hin, mein Kind, Gott will dich habenGottfried Hoffmann (Author)2
Geist vom Vater und vom Sohne Der du unser Tröster bistGottfried Hoffmann (Author)8
Geist vom Vater und vom Sohne, Gleicher Majestät und KraftG. Hoffmann, 1658-1712 (Author)2
Hilf, Jesu, dass ich meinen N'chsten liebeGottfried Hoffmann (Author)7
Jesus nimmt die Sünder an, Saget doch dies trostwort allenGottfr. Hoffmann (Author)1
O Gott, es steht dein milder SegenGottfried Hoffmann (Author)14
O Seele, schaue Jesum anGottfried Hoffmann (Author)24
So wird die Woche nun beschlossenGottfried Hoffmann (Author)2
Zeuch hin, mein Kind!Gottfried Hoffmann (Author)2
Zieh hin, mein Kind! Gott selber fordert dichGottfried Hoffmann (Author)8
Zeuch [Zieh] hin, mein Kind! Gott selbst fordert dichG. Hoffman (Author)15
Zieh, liebes Kind, zieh hinGottfried Hoffmann (Author)3
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