Es spricht der Unweisen Mund wohl

Es spricht der Unweisen Mund wohl. Martin Luther* (1483-1546). This version of Psalm 14 probably dates from 1523. It was published in Etlich christliche lider Lobgesang un[d] Psalm (the ‘Achtliederbuch’, Wittenberg 1524), and in Eyn Enchiridion oder Handbuchlein (Erfurt, 1524), where it was entitled ‘Der xiij psalm. Dixit incipiens in corde suo’ (Psalm 14: ‘The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God’). It had six 7-line stanzas. The text is printed in Wackernagel, Das Deutsche Kirchenlied III. pp. 6-7, and in Jenny, Luthers geistliche Lieder, no 9, pp. 180-1. It is no longer found in EG, but the tune, by Johann Walter*, is used for David Denicke*’s ‘Herr, für dein Wort sei hoch...

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