August Hermann Francke (II)

FRANCKE, August Hermann (II). b. Gütersloh, 30 August 1853; d. Montreux, Switzerland, 31 May 1891. He had the same name as the great German Pietist (1663-1727). The son of a primary school teacher, he was educated at Barmen and at the Universities of Leipzig and Bonn, with interruptions owing to ill health. He worked as an assistant at the cathedral seminary at Berlin (1879) and at Halle, where he taught from 1882 to 1885, before becoming Professor of New Testament Theology at Kiel. He resigned through illness in 1889, the year in which he published Deutsche Psalmen. Geistliche Lieder und Gedichte (Gotha, 1889). From this book comes the hymn by which he is remembered, EG 394, ‘Nun aufwärts...

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