Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, son of Johann Caspar Goethe, a lawyer at Frankfurt-am-Main; was born at Frankfurt Aug. 28,1749, and died at Weimar, March 22, 1832. The greatest German poet of his day, and one of the most famous literary men of his own or any age, his sympathies were Classical rather than distinctively Christian; and as he himself said (Conversations with Eckerman, January 4, 1827), he wrote no poems suited for use in public worship.
A few pieces, principally from his well-known dramatic poem of Faust (pt. i. 1808; pt. ii. pub. posthumously, 1832), are found under his name in one or two Unitarian hymn-books. Good translations of both parts of Faust have been published by Dr. John Anster, Bayard Taylor, Sir Theodore Martin, an… Go to person page >
Author: Frederick Henry Hedge
Hedge, Frederick Henry, D.D., son of Professor Hedge of Harvard College, was born at Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1805, and educated in Germany and at Harvard. In 1829 he became pastor of the Unitarian Church, West Cambridge. In 1835 he removed to Bangor, Maine; in 1850 to Providence, and in 1856 to Brookline, Mass. He was appointed in 1857, Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Cambridge (U.S.), and in 1872, Professor of German Literature at Harvard. Dr. Hedge is one of the editors of the Christian Examiner, and the author of The Prose Writers of Germany, and other works. In 1853 he edited, with Dr. F. D. Huntington, the Unitarian Hymns for the Church of Christ, Boston Crosby, Nichols & Co. To that collection and the supplement (1853) he con… Go to person page >