Luther, Martin, born at Eisleben, Nov. 10, 1483; entered the University of Erfurt, 1501 (B.A. 1502, M.A.. 1503); became an Augustinian monk, 1505; ordained priest, 1507; appointed Professor at the University of Wittenberg, 1508, and in 1512 D.D.; published his 95 Theses, 1517; and burnt the Papal Bull which had condemned them, 1520; attended the Diet of Worms, 1521; translated the Bible into German, 1521-34; and died at Eisleben, Feb. 18, 1546. The details of his life and of his work as a reformer are accessible to English readers in a great variety of forms. Luther had a huge influence on German hymnody.
i. Hymn Books.
1. Ellich cristlich lider Lobgesang un Psalm. Wittenberg, 1524. [Hamburg Library.] This contains 8 German h… Go to person page >
Translator: Jay Macpherson
Macpherson, Jay. (London, England, June 13, 1931-- ). United Church. Carlton University (Ottawa), B.A., 1951; McGill University (Montreal), B.L.S., 1953; University of Toronto, M.A., 1955; Ph.D., 1964. Teacher and professor of English at Victoria College, University of Toronto, 1954-?. Published several acclaimed books of poetry, notably The Boatman and other Poems (Toronto, Oxford, 1957) before deciding to concentrate on her teaching. For The Hymn Book (1971) she was asked to provide new translations of several German hymn, including "Ein' feste Burg" and "Wachet auf."
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The original rhythms of EIN FESTE BURG (see 469) had already reached their familiar isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) shape by the time of Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) in the eighteenth century. The harmonization is taken from his Cantata 80. Many organ and choral works are based on this chorale, including…
Display Title: Our God's A FortressFirst Line: Our God's a fortress firm and sureTune Title: EIN' FESTE BURGAuthor: Martin Luther; Jay MacphersonMeter: 8 7 8 7 6 6 6 6 7Date: 1996Subject: God | Nature of God; God | Nature; Good News, Gospel | ; Proper 6 | Year A; Epiphany 5 | Year B; Lent 1 | Year B; Proper 16 | Year C; Proper 20 | Year C; Proper 24 | Year C; Reign of Christ | Year C