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Christian Heinrich Zeller

Short Name: Christian Heinrich Zeller
Full Name: Zeller, Christian Heinrich, 1779-1860
Birth Year: 1779
Death Year: 1860

Zeller, Christian Heinrich, son of Christian David Zeller, Hofrath at Hohenentringen, near Tubingen, was born at Hohenentringen, March 29, 1779. He matriculated at the University of Tübingen in 1797, as a student of law. After completing his studies he chose, however, the profession of teaching. He became director of the Latin School at Zoffingen, Switzerland, in 1809, and finally removed in April, 1820; to Beuggen on the Rhine (Baden), near Basel, as director of the newly founded Institution there, meant for the education of poor children and for the training of teachers for poor children. He died at Beuggen, May 18, 1860 (Koch, vii. 188, &c).

Zeller was best known as an educationist, and in con¬nection with the working of the Institution at Beuggen. His hymns, which are simple, Scriptural and earnest, were written primarily for use at Beuggen, and mostly appeared in the Monatsblatt (begun in 1828), and other publications of the Institution. They came into notice through their reception into Knapp's Evangelischer Lieder-Schatz, 1837. They were collected by Zeller's son, and published in 1871, as Lieder der Armenschullehrer-Anstalt Beuggen, 58 being original.

Two of these hymns have passed into English, viz.:—
i. Gott bei mir an jedem Orte. Omnipresence. On the joy of God's Presence with us. This appeared in the Monatsblatt in 1828, and was included in the 1871 as above, p. 88. In Knapp's Evangelischer Lieder-Schatz , 1837, No. 32 (1865, No. 32), in 6 stanzas of 6 lines; in the Berlin Geistliche Lieder, ed. 1863, No. 1554, &c. The translation in common use is:—
My God with me in every place. This is a good translation, omitting st. v., by Mrs. Findlater in Hymns from the Land of Luther, 1st Ser., 1854, p. 30 (1884, p. 33); repeated, omitting st. iv., in Holy Song, 1869, No. 588. In Miss Warner's Hymns of the Church Militant, 1858, it begins, "My God is with me every place."
Another translation is: "God in every place is near me." By R. Massie, in the British Herald, May, 1865, p. 70, and in Reid's Praise Book, 1872, No. 438.
ii. Treuer Heiland, wir sind hier. Public Worship. This is in the 1871 as above, p. 64. Included in Knapp's Evangelischer Lieder-Schatz 1837, No. 857 (1865, No. 1256), in 5 stanzas of 7 lines; and repeated in the Württemberg Gesang-Buch, 1842, No. 235. For this hymn Conrad Kocher wrote the well-known melody which in Hymns Ancient & Modern is called Dix, and which first appeared, set to Zeller's hymn, in Kocher's Stimmen aus dem Meiche Gottes, Stuttgart, 1838, No. 201. Translates as:—
Saviour, here to Thee we come. This is a free translation of stanzas i., ii., v., marked as by "F. C. C.” as No. 155 in Dr. Pagenstecher's Collection, 1864. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Texts by Christian Heinrich Zeller (31)sort descendingAsInstances
Abendruhe nach des Tages LastenChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)7
Arbeit ist mein Loos suf ErdenChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)2
Dort, we auf lichten HoehenChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)2
Dort, we im heil'gen LandeChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)2
Durch Jesum erkauftChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)3
Es jauchzen dir die kleinen KinderChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)2
Freiheit, die ich meine, ist kein SchattenbildChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)4
Freuet euch, ihr MenschenkinderChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)6
Gott bei mir an jedem OrteChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)5
Herr, laß uns Samen streuenChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)2
Irdisch Brod und himmlisch LebenChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)11
Lange ging ich in der IrreChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)5
Lebt wohl, wir sehn uns wiederChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)6
Like children round a radiant lightHeinrich Zeller (Author)2
Macht euch auf! Die Morgensonne Weckt die schlummerndeChr. H. Zeller, 1779-1860 (Author)7
Mann der Schmerzen, in dem GartenChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)5
My God with me in every placeC. F. Zeller (Author)3
O herr versammelt sind wir hierChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)20
O lasst uns den freundlichen Heiland erhoehnnChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)8
O Lord, assembled we are hereChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)2
O thou holy Man of sorrowsChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)3
Sieh, ein weites TotenfeldChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)20
Sonntagsruhe nach der Woche LastenChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)2
Treuer Heiland, wir sind hierChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)13
Ueberall an allen Wegen ein verachtetChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)3
Versammelt sind wir alle hierChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)4
Was ist des Kindes LebenChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)4
We have a gentle ShepherdChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)2
Wenn der Herr einst die GefangnenChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)14
Wer gibt dem Geiste FluegelChristian Heinrich Zeller (Author)2
Zum Ende geht das alte JahrC. H. Zeller (Author)6

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