Dessler, Wolfgang Christoph, son of Nicolaus Dessler, jeweller, at Nürnberg, was born at Nürnberg, Feb. 11, 1660. His father wished him to become a goldsmith, but, as he was not physically suited for this, he was permitted to begin the study of theology at the University of Altdorf. His poverty and bodily weakness forced him to leave before completing his course, and, returning to Nurnberg, he supported himself there as a proof reader. Becoming acquainted with Erasmus Finx or Francisci, then residing in Nürnberg, he was employed by Finx as his amanuensis, and at his request translated many foreign religious works into German. In 1705 he was appointed Conrector of the School of the Holy Ghost at Nürnberg, where he laboured with zeal and… Go to person page >
Frisch, frisch hinnach, mein Geist und Herz. [Cross and Consolation.] Founded on Heb. x., 36. First published 1692, in 7 stanzas. It is translated as "Courage, my heart, press cheerly on," by Miss Winkworth, 1869, p. 277.
-- Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)