1659–1725

Born: March 6, 1659, Wei­mar, Ger­ma­ny.

Died: Ju­ly 11, 1725, Wei­mar, Ger­ma­ny.

Buried: Ja­cobs­fried­hof, Wei­mar, Ger­ma­ny.

Salomo was the son of Ja­kob Franck, fi­nan­cial sec­re­ta­ry at Wei­mar.

He prob­ab­ly stu­died at Je­na, and seems there­af­ter to have held some ap­point­ment at Zwic­kau.

In 1689 he be­came sec­re­ta­ry of the Schwarz­burg du­cal ad­min­is­tr­ation at Arn­stadt, and in 1697 of the Sax­on ad­min­is­tra­tion and of the con­sis­to­ry at Je­na.

In 1702, he was ap­point­ed sec­re­ta­ry of the con­sis­to­ry, li­brar­i­an, and cur­a­tor of the du­cal col­lect­ion of coins and me­dals at Wei­mar.

He was a mem­ber of the Fruit­bear­ing So­ci­e­ty, and wrote a con­sid­er­a­ble num­ber of se­cu­lar po­ems. A di­li­gent work­er, he bore se­vere fa­mi­ly af­flict­ions; me­di­ta­tions on death are in ma­ny of his hymns. He wrote about 330 hymns, and:

  1. Ach Gott ver­lass mich nicht
  2. Ach was ist doch uns­re Zeit
    • Oh! What Is Hu­man Life Be­low
  3. Gott, du Licht, das ewig bleib­et
  4. Heil’ger Tisch! Den Je­sus deck­et
    • This Ho­ly Feast, by Je­sus Spread
  5. Ich hal­te Gott in all­em stille
    • I Leave All Things to God’s Di­rect­ion
  6. Ich weiss, es kann mir nichts ge­scheh­en
  7. Ich weiss es wird mein En­de kom­me
    • I Know My End Must Sure­ly Come
    • I Know the Doom That Must Be­fall Me
  8. Mein Gott, Wie Bist Du So Verb­gor­gen
  9. So Ruh­est Du, O Mei­ne Ruh
  10. So Schlum­merst Du in Still­er Ruh
  11. Zur Grabes­ruh Ent­schlief­est Du

where to get Franck’s pic­ture