Catherine Winkworth (b. Holborn, London, England, 1827; d. Monnetier, Savoy, France, 1878) is well known for her English translations of German hymns; her translations were polished and yet remained close to the original. Educated initially by her mother, she lived with relatives in Dresden, Germany, in 1845, where she acquired her knowledge of German and interest in German hymnody. After residing near Manchester until 1862, she moved to Clifton, near Bristol. A pioneer in promoting women's rights, Winkworth put much of her energy into the encouragement of higher education for women. She translated a large number of German hymn texts from hymnals owned by a friend, Baron Bunsen. Though often altered, these translations continue to be used i… Go to person page >
Author: Johann von Rist
Rist, Johann, son of Kaspar Rist, pastor at Ottensen, near Hamburg, was born at Ottensen, March 8, 1607, and from his birth was dedicated to the ministry. After passing through the Johanneum at Hamburg and the Gymnasium Illustre at Bremen, he matriculated, in his 21st year, at the University of Rinteln, and there, under Josua Stegmann (q. v.), he received an impulse to hymn-writing. On leaving Rinteln he acted as tutor to the sons of a Hamburg merchant, accompanying them to the University of Rostock, where he himself studied Hebrew, Mathematics and also Medicine.
During his residence at Rostock the terrors, of the Thirty Years War almost emptied the University, and Rist himself also lay there for weeks ill of the pestilence. After his r… Go to person page >
Display Title: Oh, Darkest WoeFirst Line: Oh, darkest woe!Tune Title: O TRAURIGKEIT, O HERZELEIDAuthor: Friedrich von Spee, 1591-1635; Johann Rist, 1607-67; Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78Meter: 44 776Date: 1993Subject: Good Friday |Source: Tr. composite st. 2
Display Title: O Darkest WoeFirst Line: O darkest woe! Ye tears, forth flowTune Title: O TRAURIGKEITAuthor: F. von Spee, 1591-1635; J. Rist, 1607-67; C. Winkworth, 1827-78Meter: 44 776Date: 1996Subject: Jesus, Our Redeemer |
Display Title: O Darkest WoeFirst Line: O darkest woe!Tune Title: O TRAURIGKEITAuthor: Freidrich von Spee, 1591-1635; Johann Rist, 1607-67; Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78; Joseph Herl, b. 1959Meter: 44 776Scripture: Matthew 27:57-60; 1 John 4:9-10Date: 2006
Display Title: O Darkest WoeFirst Line: O darkest woe! Ye tears, forth flowTune Title: O TRAURIGKEITAuthor: Johann Rist; Catherine WinkworthMeter: 44.776Source: Vs. 1 from the Catholic Würzburg Gesangbuch, 1628, verses 2-4, Himmlische Lieder (Lüneburg, Germany: 1641); translation in Chorale Book for England, 1863