Salomon Liscovius

Short Name: Salomon Liscovius
Full Name: Liscovius, Salomon, 1640-1689
Birth Year: 1640
Death Year: 1689

Liscovius, Salomo, son of Johann Liscovius, or Lischkow, pastor at Niemitsch, near Guben, was born at Niemitsch, Oct. 25, 1640. He entered the University of Leipzig in 1660, and then went to Wittenberg, where he graduated M.A., and was crowned as a poet. Shortly thereafter he was appointed pastor at Otterwisch with Stockheim, near Lausigk, and ordained to this post April 21, 1664. He was then, on March 29, 1685, appointed second pastor of St. Wenceslaus's church, at Wurzen. He died at Wurzen, Dec. 5, 1689. (Koch, iii. 385; Rotermund's continuation of Jöcher's Gelehrten-Lexikon, iii. 1950, &c.)

Liscovius was one of the best German hymn-writers of the second rank in the 17th century. That is, though his hymns are not lacking in intensity, in depth, or in beauty of form, yet neither by their intrinsic value nor by their adoption into German common use are they worthy to be ranked with the hymns of Gerhardt, Franck, Scheffler and others of this period. They appeared mostly in his Christlicher Frauenzimmers Geistlicher Tugend-Spiegel. The preface to this book is dated April 14, 1672, and it was probably published at Leipzig in 1672; but the earliest ed. extant is that at Leipzig, 1703. Dr. J. L. Pasig pub. 51 of his Geistliche Lieder, with a short biographical notice, at Halle, 1855.

One of his hymns is translated:—
Schatz über alle Schatze. Love to Christ. His finest hymn. 1672 as above, and Pasig, 1855, p. 53. In the Nürnberg Gesang-Buch 1676, No. 509, and the Berlin Geistlicher Lieder Schatz, ed. 1863, No. 826. It is in 7 stanzas of 8 lines, the initial letters of the stanzas forming his Christian name Salomon. The translations are:—
(1) "Treasure above all treasure," as No. 441 in pt. i. of the , 1754. In the 1789 and later eds. (1886, No. 449), it begins "Jesus, my highest treasure." (2) "Treasure beyond all treasure," by Miss Dunn, 1857, p. 60. (3) "Thou treasure of all treasures," by Miss Manington, 1863, p. 27. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Texts by Salomon Liscovius (18)AsAuthority LanguagesInstancessort descending
Nun ist der tag der seligkeitSalomo Liscov (Author)1
O teach us, Lord, to numberSalomo Liscov (Author)English1
Es traure, wer da willSalomo Liscov (Author)2
Mitt skuldregister när jag vill, o Gud! beskådaS. Liscov, d. 1689 (Author)Swedish2
Tesoro incomparableSalomo Liscovius (Author)Spanish2
Trésor incomparableSalomon Liscovius (Author)French2
Väl mig i evighet! nu känner själ och sinneS. Liscov, d. 1659 (Author)Swedish2
Lord Jesus, dearest treasureSalomo Liscov (Author)English3
Richer kann ich doch nicht werdenSalomo Liscov (Author)3
Ich freue mich, mein Gott, in dir, Du bistSalomo Liscov (Author)5
O Vater, Gott von Ewigkeit, Der Gottheit wahre QuelleSalomo Liscov (Author)German6
Bedenke, Mensch! das EndeSalomo Liscov (Author)German8
Jesus, my highest treasureSalomo Liscov (Author)English8
O Jesus, treuer Hirte, Du suchest die verrirteSalomo Liscov (Author)German9
Nun freue dich, o ChristenheitSalomo Liscov (Author)German11
In Gottes Namen fang' ich anSalomon Liscov (Author)German19
Schatz über alle SchätzeSalomo Liscov (Author)German45
Meines Lebens beste FreudeSalomo Liscov (Author)German56
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