Mills, Henry, D.D., son of John Mills, was born at Morriston, New Jersey, March 12, 1786, and educated at the New Jersey College, Princeton, where he graduated in 1802. After being engaged in teaching for some time at Morristown and elsewhere, he was ordained Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge, New Jersey, in 1816. On the opening of the Auburn Theological Seminary in 1821, he was appointed Professor of Biblical Criticism and Oriental Languages, from which he retired in 1854. He died at Auburn, June 10, 1867. In 1845 he published Horae Germanicae; A Version of German Hymns. This was enlarged in 1856. The translations are not well done, and very few are now in common use, although 18 and 9 doxologies were given in the Lutheran Ge… Go to person page >
Bald zieh ich mit dem Sterbekleid. Anon. [Etemal Life.] Included as No. 3508 in Knapp's Evanglischer LiederSchatz, 1837, in 2 stanzas of 4 lines, with the note "Found in the hymn-book of my deceased wife." The only translation in common use is:—
Soon in the grave my flesh shall rest. By Dr. H. Mills, in full, with 2 original stanzas added in his Horae Germanica, 1845 (1856, p. 250), and thence, as No. 983, in the Lutheran General Synod's Hymns, &c, 1852.
Another translation is, "Soon all my sorrows I shall lay," by Dr. R. Menzies, in F. A. G. Tholuck's Hours of Christian Devotion, Edin., 1870, p. 541. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)