Wach auf, o Mensch, vom Sündenschlaf,
ermuntre dich, verlornes Schaaf,
und bessre bald dein leben.
Wach auf, es ist noch hohe Zeit,
es kommt hernach die Ewigkeit,
dir deinen Lohn zu geben.
Vielleicht ist heut der letzte tag,
wer weiß noch, wie man sterben mag.
Rist, Johann, son of Kaspar Rist, pastor at Ottensen, near Hamburg, was born at Ottensen, March 8, 1607, and from his birth was dedicated to the ministry. After passing through the Johanneum at Hamburg and the Gymnasium Illustre at Bremen, he matriculated, in his 21st year, at the University of Rinteln, and there, under Josua Stegmann (q. v.), he received an impulse to hymn-writing. On leaving Rinteln he acted as tutor to the sons of a Hamburg merchant, accompanying them to the University of Rostock, where he himself studied Hebrew, Mathematics and also Medicine.
During his residence at Rostock the terrors, of the Thirty Years War almost emptied the University, and Rist himself also lay there for weeks ill of the pestilence. After his r… Go to person page >