Johann Frank

June 1, 1618, Guben, Brandenburg, Germany.

June 18, 1677, Guben, Brandenburg, Germany. In 1877, on the bicentennial of his death, a tablet to his memory was affixed to the outer wall of the Stadtkirche at Guben.

After his father’s death in 1620, Franck’s uncle by marriage, the town judge, Adam Tielckau, adopted him and sent him to schools in Guben, Cottbus, Stettin (now Szczecin, Poland) and Thorn (now Toruń, Poland).

On June 28, 1638, Franck enrolled at the University of Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, Russia), the only German university left undisturbed by the Thirty Years’ War. Here his religious spirit, his love of nature, and his friendship with such men as Simon Dach and Heinrich Held preserved him from sharing in the excesses of his fellow students.

He returned to Guben at Easter, 1640, at his mother’s urgent request; she wished to have him near her in those times of war when Guben frequently suffered from the presence of both Swedish and Saxon troops.

After returning from Prague in May, 1645, Franck began practicing as a lawyer. In 1648, he became a burgess and councilor, a Bur­ger­meis­ter in 1661, and in 1671 was appointed the deputy from Guben to the Land­tag (Diet) of Lower Lusatia.

Franck’s hymns appeared mostly in the works of his friends Weich­man, Crü­ger, and Pe­ter. They were collected in his Geist­lich­es Sion (Guben, 1674).

  1. Alle Welt, was lebt und webet
  2. Brunquell aller Güter
  3. Dreieinigkeit, der Gottheit wahrer Spiegel
  4. Du geballtes Weltgebäude
    • Let Who Will in Thee Rejoice
    • O Beautiful Abode of Earth
    • Thou, O Fair Creation-Building
  5. Erweitert eure Pforten
    • Unfold Your Gates and Open
  6. Herr Gott dich loben wir, Regier
    • Lord God, We Worship thee
  7. Herr Gott dich loben wir, Retgier
  8. Herr, ich habe missgehandelt
  9. Herr Jesu, Licht der Heiden
  10. Jesu, meine Freude
  11. Komm Heiden Heiland, Lösegeld
    • Redeemer of the Nations, Come!
  12. Lord, to Thee I Make Confession
  13. Schmücke Dich, O Liebe Seele
  14. Unfold Your Gates and Open
  15. Unsre müden Augenlieder
    • Ever Lord, on Thee Relying
  1. Ihr Himmel tröpfelt Tau in Eil’

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