Rube, Johann Christoph, was born Nov. 20, 1665, his father being then pastor at Hohen-und Thal-Ebra, near Sondershausen. After completing his studies in law, and becoming a licentiate, he was appointed judge (Amtmann) at Burggemünden near Alsfeld, and then, about 1704, at Battenberg (both in Hesse-Darmstadt). He died at Battenberg, May 30, 1746.
Rube was a most prolific writer of hymns. In the Universal Gesang-Buch published at Homburg in 5 vols., 1738-44, there are, according to the markings by Count Christian Ernst of Weraigerode in his private copy, no less than 536 by Rube. The earliest appeared in Luppius's Andächtig Singender Christen-Mund, Wesel, 1692, and the Geistreiches Gesang-Buch, Darmstadt, 1698….
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Translator: Johann Christian Jacobi
Jacobi, John Christian, a native of Germany, was born in 1670, and appointed Keeper of the Royal German Chapel, St. James's Palace, London, about 1708. He held that post for 42 years, and died Dec. 14, 1750. He was buried in the Church of St. Paul's, Covent Garden. His publications included :—
(1) A Collection of Divine Hymns, Translated from the High Dutch. Together with their Proper Tunes and Thorough Bass. London: Printed and Sold by J. Young, in St. Paul’s Churchyard; . . . 1720. This edition contains 15 hymns. Two years later this collection, with a few changes in the text and much enlarged, was republished as (2) Psalmodia Germanica; or a Specimen of Divine Hymns. Translated from the High Dutch. Together with their Proper Tunes… Go to person page >