Bartholomäus Ringwaldt

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Bartholomäus Ringwaldt (28 November 1532 – c. 1599) was a German didactic poet and Lutheran pastor. He is most recognized as a hymnwriter.[1][2]


Bartholomäus Ringwaldt was born in Frankfort-on-the-Oder, Germany. From 1543, he studied theology. After graduating, he first started his career as a teacher. He was ordained into the Lutheran Ministry during 1557 and served as pastor of two parishes. In 1566, he became the pastor of Langenfeld, Brandenburg-Prussia. Starting during the 1570s, he wrote songs and poems which focused on his religious and theological beliefs. Ringwaldt was a prolific hymnist, and may have composed tunes as well.[3][4]

Bartholomäus Ringwaldt died c. 1599 in Langenfeld, today Długoszyn near Sulęcin, Poland.[5]


Ringwaldt's hymns include:


  1. ^ Bartholomäus Ringwaldt (
  2. ^ Ringwaldt, Bartholomaüs, 1532-1599 (
  3. ^ a b "Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut / Text and Translation of Chorale". 2006. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  4. ^ ADB:Ringwaldt, Bartholomäus (Johannes Bolte in: "Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie")
  5. ^ Bartholomäus Ringwaldt (Deutsche Biographie)
  6. ^ O Holy Spirit, grant us grace ( Archived 2004-10-13 at the Wayback Machine, for the tune, see O Holy Spirit, Grant us Grace (mp3 with organ only)
  7. ^ The day is surely drawing near ( Archived 2015-05-02 at the Wayback Machine, for the tune, see The Day is Surely Drawing Near (mp3 with organ only)

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