Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen

Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen

Author: Ahasverus Fritsch
Published in 3 hymnals

Author: Ahasverus Fritsch

Born: De­cem­ber 16, 1629, Mücheln, Sax­o­ny. Died: Au­gust 24, 1701, Ru­dol­stadt, Ger­ma­ny. With help from the fam­ily of a young no­ble he tu­tored, Fritsch re­ceived a good ed­u­ca­tion, earn­ing his law de­gree from the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Jena in 1661. He lat­er be­came chan­cel­lor of the un­i­ver­si­ty and pres­i­dent of the Con­sis­to­ry of Ru­dol­stadt. He wrote on num­er­ous sub­jects, in­clud­ing an­ti­qui­ties, law, and re­li­gion, and col­lect­ed hymns. Hymns-- "Liebster Im­man­u­el, Herzog der Frommen" "Dearest Im­man­u­el, Prince of the Lowly" Music-- WAS FRAG' ICH NACH DER WELT --www.cyberhymnal.org/bio  Go to person page >

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First Line: Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen
Author: Ahasverus Fritsch

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Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen. [Love to Christ.] Included in Dr. Ahasuerus Fritsch's Himmels-Lust, 2nd edition, 1679 [Leipzig Town Library; not in first edition, 1670], No. 36, p. 343, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines, entitled "The everwished for sweet Jesus." The hymn has been ascribed to Fritsch (b. Dec. 16,1 629, at Mücheln on the Geissel near Merseburg; became, 1657, tutor to Count Albert Anton of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt; d. Aug. 24,1701, as Chancellor and President of the Consistory at Rudolstadt), but on no clear evidence. In the Berlin Geistliche Lieder, ed. 1863, No. 1342. In the Geistreiches Gesang-Buch, Halle, 1697, p. 160, and many later books, it begins, "Schönster Immanuel." The translation in common use is:—
Dearest Immanuel, Prince of the lowly. A translation of stanzas i.-iv., by M. W. Stryker, as No. 183 in his Christian Chorals, 1885. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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