Singen wir aus Herzensgrund

Singen wir aus Herzensgrund

Author: Nicolaus Selneccer
Published in 5 hymnals

Author: Nicolaus Selneccer

Selnecker, Nicolaus, D.D., son of Georg Selnecker (Selneccer, Schellenecker, who was protonotarius to the Nürnberg magistracy, but lived at Hersbruck near Nürnberg) was born at Hersbruck Dec. 5, 1532. In 1536 he was removed to Nürnberg, and became during his school time, when only twelve years old, organist at the chapel in the Kaiserburg there. He went to the university of Wittenberg in 1550 (where he became a favourite pupil of Melanchthon), graduated M.A. on July 31, 1554, and subsequently lectured as a privat-docent, sometimes to 200 students. In the end of 1557 he was appointed second court preacher at Dresden, and tutor to the heir apparent Prince Alexander, having also to supervise the education of the choirboys of the royal chape… Go to person page >

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First Line: Singen wir aus Herzensgrund
Author: Nicolaus Selneccer

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Singen wir aus Herzensgrund. [Grace after Meat.] Wackernagel, i., p. 776, cites this us No. 6 of Schöner geistlicher Lieder achte, printed at Erfurt, 1563; but at iv., p. 579, he prints the text from the Hundert Chrietenliche Hanssgesang, Nürnberg, 1560: and from J. Eichorn's Geistliche Lieder, Frankfurt a. O., 1569, in 6 stanzas of 7 lines. The broadsheet, Nürnberg, eds., which, in his Bibliographie, 1855, pp. 279, 308, he had dated 1556 and 1560, he afterwards said were of later date. Mützell. No. 559, prints it from a 1568 ed. of Eichorn's Gesang-Buch. It is found in Porst's Gesang-Buch, ed. 1855, No. 681. It has sometimes been erroneously ascribed to E. Alber, to B. Bingwaldt, or to N. Selnecker. Translated as:—
"Now give thanks ye old and young." By J. C. Jacobi, 1725, p. 6. Included in the Moravian Hymn Book, 1154, pt. i., No. 316; but only partly repeated in later eds., e.g. 1886, No. 1197, where only the stanza beginning, "Praise our God, it is but just," is from this hymn.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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