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Christian Keymann (Hymn-Writer)

Born: February 27, 1607 - Pankratz, Bohemia, Germany
Died: January 13, 1662 - Zittau, Germany

Christian Keymann (Keimann) was the son of Zacharias Keimann, a Lutheran pastor at Pankratz, Bohemia. In 1627 he began his studies at the University of Wittenberg, receiving his masterís degree in 1634.

The same year Keymann was appointed the Town Council of Zittau as associate director of the gymnasium, and in 1638 was promoted to the position of Rector.

Keymann was a prominent teacher and author, especially of scholastic writings. His hymns, about 13 in number, are among the best of his time; they breathe a firm conviction of faith; they are churchly; they are an expression of sound Christian experience and are characterized by exceptional poetic beauty. Almost all of them came into church use. They rank high among those of the 17th century, being of genuine poetic ring, fresh, strong, full of faith under manifold and heavy trials, and deeply spiritual.The melody was composed by James Tilleard (b England, 1827, - d 1876). A second melody by H. Pope has been taken from a Swedish book of chorales, where it was set to J.O. Wallinís hymn: Stilla jag på dig vill akta.


Source: ELHHB Website [Dahle, Library of Christian Hymns; Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal]
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2003)

Texts of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

BWV 40, BWV 70, BWV 70a, BWV 124, BWV 154, BWV 157, BWV 380, BWV 410, BWV 499

Chorale Texts in Bachís Vocal Works





Freuet euch, ihr Christen alle


Meinen Jesum laß' ich nicht


Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig



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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary Handbook - Biographies and Sources (ELHHB)



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