Freylinghausen, Johann Anastasius, son of Dietrich Freylinghausen, merchant and burgomaster at Gandersheim, Brunswick, was born at Gandersheim, Dec. 2, 1670. He entered the University of Jena at Easter, 1689. Attracted by the preaching of A. H. Francke and J. J. Breithaupt, he removed to Erfurt in 1691, and at Easter, 1692, followed them to Halle. About the end of 1693 he returned to Gandersheim, and employed himself as a private tutor. In 1695 he went to Glaucha as assistant to Francke; and when Francke became pastor of St. Ulrich's, in Halle,1715, Freylinghausen became his colleague, and in the same year married his only daughter. In 1723 he became also sub-director of the Paedagogium and the Orphanage; and after Francke's death in 1727,… Go to person page >
Der Tag ist hin, Mein Geist und Sinn. J. A. Freylinqhausen. [Evening.] A fine hymn of longing for the Everlasting Light of that better country where there is no night. First published as No. 615 in his Geistreiches Gesang-Buch, 1704, in 14 stanzas of 5 lines, and thence in Grote's edition, 1855, of his Geistliche Lieder, p. 102. It has passed into many German hymn-books, and is included as No. 1547 in the Berlin Geistliche Lieder, edition 1863.
Translation in common use: --
ii. The day is gone, And left alone, a good translation, omitting stanzas iv., v., vii.-ix., xi., contributed by R. Massie, as No. 504, to the 1857 edition of Mercer's Church Praise & Hymn Book (Ox. edition, No. 22), and in the translator's Lyra Domestica, 1864, p. 138. Included in R. Minton Taylor's Parish Hymnal, 1872, and in Kennedy, 1863. In Dr. J. Patterson's Collection, Glasgow, 1867, No. 391 begins with the translation of stanza x., "When shall the day."
--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)