Eine Heerde und ein Hirt

Eine Heerde und ein Hirt.  Friedrich Adolf Krummacher* (1767-1845). According to James Mearns* in JJ, p. 634, this is from the Third Edition of Das Christfest (1821). Das Christfest was the second Festbüchlein, the series of publications in which Krummacher interspersed narrative, reflections and hymns. It had six 6-line stanzas, each ending with the line ‘Jesus hält, was Er verspricht’ (‘Jesus holds – or keeps – what he promised’). The ‘Heerde’ in line 1 is sometimes spelt ‘Herde’ (‘flock’). It was well known to German-speaking congregations in the USA in the 19th century, and it was also found in some Mennonite and Methodist books. It began: Eine Heerde und Ein Hirt! Wie wird dann dir...

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