Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr
Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr. Nikolaus Decius* (ca. 1490-1541).
The first three stanzas were probably written in 1522-23, when Decius was a schoolmaster in Braunschweig. It was published in Joachim Slüter’s Eyn gantz schone unde seer nutte gesangk boek (Rostock, 1525), with a fourth stanza by Slüter. It was in Low German (Wackernagel, Das Deutsche Kirchenlied III. pp. 565-6, beginning:
Aleyne Godt yn der hoege sy eere und danck vor syne gnade...
This is the first of two such texts, the other from Magdeburg (Hans Walther, 1534). It was first published in High German (text in Wackernagel III. pp. 566-7) in Valentin Schumann, Geistliche lieder auffs new gebessert und gemehrt (Leipzig,...
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