Author: Friedrich Layritz
Friedrich (also: Fridrich) Christoph Ludwig Eduard Layriz (also: Layritz, Lairitz, * January 30 1808 in Nemmersdorf, today part of Goldkronach, † March 18 1859 in Unterschwaningen ) was a German Lutheran pastor and Hymnologist.
Friedrich Layriz came from a Franconian family, went to school in Bayreuth and studied Protestant theology at the universities of Leipzig and Erlangen. In Erlangen, he was influenced by the Erlanger theology to Christian Krafft and Georg Karl von Raumer. He was pastor from 1837 to 1842 he provided the second Parochial ministry in the St. St. John's Church in Hirschlach, then from 1842 as pin preacher in St. Georgen (Bayreuth). In 1846 he was named after a literary quarrel with the priest Elias Sittig to the futu… Go to person page >
Translator: Catherine Winkworth
Catherine Winkworth (b. Holborn, London, England, 1827; d. Monnetier, Savoy, France, 1878) is well known for her English translations of German hymns; her translations were polished and yet remained close to the original. Educated initially by her mother, she lived with relatives in Dresden, Germany, in 1845, where she acquired her knowledge of German and interest in German hymnody. After residing near Manchester until 1862, she moved to Clifton, near Bristol. A pioneer in promoting women's rights, Winkworth put much of her energy into the encouragement of higher education for women. She translated a large number of German hymn texts from hymnals owned by a friend, Baron Bunsen. Though often altered, these translations continue to be used i… Go to person page >