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Ich weiß, woran ich glaube

Ich weiß, woran ich glaube. Ernst Moritz Arndt* (1769-1860). From the appendix (‘nebst geistlichen Liedern’) of Arndt’s Von dem Wort und dem Kirchenliede nebst geistlichen Liedern (Bonn, 1819), his proposal for a hymn book for the whole of Germany. It is found in five 8-line stanzas in the ‘Rechtfertigung und Zuversicht’ (‘Righteousness and Confidence’) section of EG (EG 357). It is a strong statement of trust in God who stands fast, who is the light of the world (verse 4); in its vision of heaven and of the ideal it is characteristic of Arndt’s reaction against the rationalism of the 18th...

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