Johann Poliander

Short Name: Johann Poliander
Full Name: Poliander, Johann, 1487-1541
Birth Year: 1487
Death Year: 1541

Poliander, Johann was the pen-name of Johann Graumann who was b. July 5, 1487, at Neustadt in the Bavarian Palatinate. He studied at Leipzig (M.A. 1516, B.D. 1520), and was, in 1520, appointed rector of the St. Thomas School at Leipzig. He attended the Disputation in 1519 between Dr. Eck, Luther, and Oarlstadt, as the amanuensis of Eck; with the ultimate result that he espoused the cause of the Reformation and left Leipzig in 1522. In 1523 he became Evangelical preacher at Wurzburg, but left on the outbreak of the Peasants' War in 1525, and went to Nürnberg, where, about Lent, he was appointed preacher to the nunnery of St. Clara. He then, at the recommendation of Luther, received from the Margrave Albrecht of Brandenburg an invitation to assist in furthering the Reformation in Prussia, and began his work as pastor of the Altstadt Church in Königsberg, in Oct., 1525. Here he laboured with much zeal and success, interesting himself specially in organising the evangelical schools of the province, and in combating the errors of the Anabaptists and the followers of Schwenckfeldt. He died at Königsberg, April 29, 1541 (Koch, i. 355-59 : ii. 475; Bode, p. 78, &c). The only hymn of importance by him which has kept its place in Germany is :—
Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren. Ps. ciii. Appeared as a broadsheet at Nürnberg, c. 1540, and in J. Kugelmann's News Gesang, Augsburg, 1540. Both of these are given by Wackernagel, iii. pp. 821-23, in 4 stanzas of 12 lines. This fine rendering has been repeated in most subsequent hymn-books, and is No. 238 in the Unverfälscher Liedersegen, 1851. A 5th stanza, "Sey Lob und Preis mit Ehren," appeared in a broadsheet reprint at Nürnberg, c. 1555, and is in Burg's Gesang-Buch, Breslau, 1746, and other books, added to the original stanzas.

Lauxmann, in Koch, viii. 316-320, quotes Martin Chemnitz, 15V5, as stating that it was written in 1525 at the request of the Margrave Albrecht, as a version of his favourite Psalm, and as saying that himself (i.e. Chemnitz) heard the Margrave joyfully ringing it on his death-bed. Lauxmann adds that it was used by Gustavus Adolphus on April 24, 1632, at the first restored Protestant service at Augsburg. It was also sung by the inhabitants of Osnabruck, in Westphalia, as a thanksgiving at the close of the Thirty Years' War on Oct. 25, 1648, &c.

It is translated as:—
My soul, now praise thy Maker! A good and full translation by Miss Winkworth, as No. 7 in her Chorale Book for England, 1863.
Other trs. are:—(1) "My soul! exalt the Lord thy God," by J. C. Jacobi, 1722, p. 86 (1732, p. 145). Included in the Moravian Hymn Book of 1754 (Nos. 127 and 315) and 1789. (2) “Now to the Lord sing praises," by Dr. H. Mills, 1845 (1856, p. 192).

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology

Wikipedia Biography

Johann Gramann or Graumann (5 July 1487 – 29 April 1541), also known by his pen name Johannes Poliander, was a German pastor, theologian, teacher, humanist, reformer, and Lutheran leader.

Texts by Johann Poliander (9)sort descendingAsInstances
Min Sjæl nu love HerrenJohann Poliander (Author)1
Min själ skall lofva HerranJ. Poliander, d. 1541 (Author)2
Min sjæl, min sjæl, lov HerrenJohann Graumann (Author)2
Mitt Hjarta, lova HerrenPoliander (Author)2
My soul, exalt the Lord thy GodJohann Poliander (Author)1
My soul, now praise thy Maker!Johann Poliander (Author)17
Nun lob, mein Seel, den HerrenJohann Poliander (Author)47
Nuz chval, ma duse, panaJohann Graumann (Author)2
O praise the Lord foreverJohann Graumann (Author)2

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