Hymns and Their Stories

Hymns and Their Stories

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... were translated into German at this time, and used in cathedrals and churches. Mystery and miracle plays came into 1 "Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us." fashion, and hymns and carols were written for them. In the fifteenth century Henry of Laufenburg, a priest of Freiburg, translated many Latin hymns, and wrote some of mixed Latin and German. There is a lovely little cradle-song of his, which has been well translated by Miss Winkworth and made into a baptismal hymn (Ch. Hy., 223)--"Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord most dear, As Thou wast once an Infant here, So give this child of Thine, We pray, Thy grace and blessing day by day. O Holy Jesu, Lord Divine, We pray Thee, guard this child of Thine." But it was not until Luther's time that hymnsinging during Church service became general in Germany. We are told that "it was on the wings of hymns that the Reformation flew through Germany." Wandering minstrels had been popular for some time; and now, instead of the songs of love and war written by the minnesingers, they got hold of the last new hymn of Luther, or of some kindred spirit, and sang it in the streets. A Jesuit remarked, " The songs of Luther have killed more souls than his books and his words." Luther was born November 10,1485, at Eisleben, a little village in Germany. He was always very fond of music and poetry, and his after-dinner recreation was" playing on the lute, and singing with his children or his friends. Once, we are told, he was sitting at his window, when he heard a blind beggar sing. "Ah," he thought, " if only I could make Gospel songs which people would sing, and which would spread themselves up and down the cities!" The wish was father to the...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236512197
  • 9781236512192