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Auf, auf, ihr Reichgenossen

Auf, auf, ihr Reichgenossen. Johann Rist* (1607-1667). First published in Rist’s Sabbahtische Seelenlust (Lüneburg, 1651). The book is arranged with hymns for the Sundays of the Christian year, and this one is set for the first Sunday in Advent. It had twelve 8-line stanzas, with the title ‘Uber das Evangelium am Ersten Advents Sontage/ Welches beschrieben wird vom heiligen Evangelisten Mattheuss / in seinem Evangelien Buche am 21 Kappitel: Da Sie nun nahe bei Jerusalem kamen Behtphage an den Ölberg/ u.s.w. (‘from the Gospel of St Matthew, Chapter 21, when they were near to Jerusalem and came to the mount of Olives, etc’). The ‘Inhalt’, or ‘Contents’ states that that the hymn ‘Ist eine...

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