Bahnmaier, Jonathan Friedrich, son of J. G. Bahnmaier, Town Preacher at Oberstenfeld, near Bottwar, Württemberg, was born at Oberstenfeld, July 12, 1774. After completing his studies at Tübingen, his first appointment was, in 1798, as assistant to his father. He became Diaconus at Marbach on the Neckar in 1806, and at Ludwigsburg in 1810, where he was for a time the head of a young ladies' school. In 1815 he was appointed Professor of Education and Homiletics at Tübingen, but in the troublous times that followed had to resign his post. He received in 1819 the appointment of Decan and Town Preacher at Kirchheim-unter-Teck, where he continued as a faithful, unwearied, and successful worker for 21 years. He was distinguished as a preacher,… Go to person page >
i. Jesu als du wiederkehrtest. [Schools.] First published in his Christliche Blätter aus Tübingen, pts. 9-12 for 1819, p. 85, in 2 stanzas of 8 lines, entitled "Prayer after School"; as one of 7 metrical prayers for Children, and for the School and House. Included as No. 2947 in Knapp's Evanglischer Lieder-Schatz, 1837 (1865, No. 2614), and No. 513 in the Württemberg Gesang-Buch, 1842. The only translation in common use is:
Jesu, when Thou once returnest. In full by Miss Winkworth in her Chorale Book for England, 1863, No. 178.
[Rev. James Mearns, M. A.]
-- Excerpt from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)