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Johann Heermann (Hymn-Writer)

Born: October 11, 1585 - Raudten (near Wohlau), Schlesien (Silesia)
Died: February 17, 1647 - Lissa, Poland

Johann Heermann, a poet laureate, received theological training as a result of a vow his mother made when he was very ill as a child.

After ordination, Johann Heermann taught at the university, but in 1607, had to stop after he contracted an eye infection. Four years later, he became a deacon, then the Lutheran pastor, in Koeben. His ministry was interrupted several times by the Thirty Years’ War, but the faithful minister resumed whenever the fighting died down. In 1634, medical problems forced him to stop preaching, and he finally retired in 1638.

Johann Heermann is considered the most important chorale text writer between Martin Luther and Paul Gerhardt. The present German (Evangelical-Lutheran) hymnal contains 14 chorale texts by Heermann.

Source: Cyber Hymnal Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2003), Thomas Braatz (October 2005)

Texts of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

BWV 5, BWV 13, BWV 24, BWV 25, BWV 45, BWV 71, BWV 89, BWV 102, BWV 107, BWV 136, BWV 148, BWV 163, BWV 194, BWV 199

Chorale Texts used in Bach’s Vocal Works

Title

Year

EKG

Zahn

O Gott, du frommer Gott

1630

So wahr ich lebe, spricht dein Gott

1630

169

Treuer Gott, ich muß dir klagen

1630

Was willst du dich betrüben

1630

Wo soll ich fliehen hin

1675 ?

Zion klagt mit Angst und Schmerzen

1636

Links to other Sites

Johann Heerman (Cyber Hymnal)
Johann Heermann (CCEL)

German Hymn-writers of the 1600’s (James Kiefer's Christian Biographies)

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