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Auf, ihr Christen, Christi Glieder

Auf, ihr Christen, Christ Glieder. Justus Falckner* (1672-ca. 1723). First published in August Hermann Francke (I)’s Geistreiches Gesang Buch (1697) and then in Johann Anastasius Freylinghausen*’s Geist-reiches Gesang-Buch, den Kern alter und neuer Lieder (Halle, 1704). It was entitled ‘Encouragement to Conflict in the Spiritual Warfare’. It was translated by Emma Frances Bevan* as ‘Rise, ye children of Salvation’ in Songs of Eternal Life (1858), where it was entitled ‘Song of the Soldier’. It had 11 stanzas. A shortened form (stanzas 1, 5, 9, and 11) was printed in The Lutheran Hymnal (1941) in English and German texts. The warfare imagery is particularly noticeable in stanza 2 of the...

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