Paul Gerhardt

GERHARDT, Paul. b. Gräfenhainichen, Saxony, 12 March 1607; d. Lübben, 27 May 1676. He was the son of the Burgomaster of Gräfenhainichen, educated at the Fürstenschule (‘Prince’s School’) at Grimma and the University of Wittenberg (1628- ). He lived in Berlin, becoming a private tutor in the Bertholdt family of Berlin (he married the daughter of the house in 1655) and coming to know Johann Crüger*, who printed the first of Gerhardt’s hymns, in the edition of Praxis Pietatis Melica printed by Christoph Runge* at Berlin in 1648. Gerhardt became pastor at Mittenwald (1651-57), and third deacon of St Nicholas’ Church, Berlin (1657-67), where he was much distressed by the controversies between...

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