Arndt, Ernst Moritz, son of Ludwig Nicolaus Arndt, estate manager for Count Putbus, in the island of Rugen, was b. at Schoritz in Rugen, Dec. 26, 1769. After studying at the Universities of Greifswald and Jena, where he completed his theological course under Paulus, he preached for two years as a candidate, but in 1798 abandoned theology. After a pedestrian tour through South Germany, Hungary, Northern Italy, France, and Belgium, he became, at Easter 1800, lecturer at the University of Greifswald, and in 1805 professor of history there. But in 1806, lamenting over the tyranny of France, he wrote his fiery Gent der Zeit (pt. ii. 1809, iii. 1813, iv. 1818) which awakened the patriotism of his countrymen, but drew on him the hatred of Napoleon… Go to person page >
Aus irdischem Getümmel. [Following Christ.] Founded on St. John xiv. 6, and contributed to Wehner's Christosophisches Gesang-Buch, Kiel, 1819, No. 40, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, entitled, "Jesus—the Way—the Truth—the Life," and being marked A—dt, has been erroneously ascribed to E. M. Arndt. Included in the Feierklänge, 1823, p. 269, and in various hymn-books, e.g. the Berlin Geistliche Lieder, ed. 1863, No. 623. The translations of this in common use are:—
1. Amid life's wild commotion. A full and good translation, included as No. 226 in Bp. Ryle's Hymns for the Church on Earth, 1860, as No. 313 in Kennedy, 1853, and also in Schaff’s Christ in Song, ed. 1869, p. 533, and Library of Mediaeval Poetry, ed. i883, p. 601. The translator is unknown.
2. Amid this world's commotion. A good and and full translation by Mrs. Findlater in the 4th Series, 1862, of the Hymns from the Land of Luther (ed. 1862, p. 298; 1884, p. 218). Unaltered as No. 132 in Jellicoe's Collection, 1867, and as No. 501 in Windle's Collection. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)