Lobwasser, Ambrosius, son of Fabian Lobwasser, inspector of mines at Schneeberg, Saxony, was born at Schneeberg, April 4, 1515. After studying law at Leipzig (M.A. 1535) he remained there as University tutor until 1550. After acting as travelling tutor, he was appointed in 1557 Rath and Chancellor at Meissen, and in 1562 made a tour in Italy, and received the degree of LL.D. from the University of Bologna. He was finally appointed in 1563 by Duke Albrecht of Prussia as professor of law and assessor at the High Court of Justice at Königsberg. He died at Königsberg Nov. 27, 1585 (Koch, ii. 394-401, &c).
His principal poetical work was his version of the Psalter. One has passed into English in recent times, viz:
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Translator: Catherine Winkworth
Catherine Winkworth is "the most gifted translator of any foreign sacred lyrics into our tongue, after Dr. Neale and John Wesley; and in practical services rendered, taking quality with quantity, the first of those who have laboured upon German hymns. Our knowledge of them is due to her more largely than to any or all other translators; and by her two series of Lyra Germanica, her Chorale Book, and her Christian Singers of Germany, she has laid all English-speaking Christians under lasting obligation."
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