March 26, 1789, Lei­na (near Go­tha), Ger­ma­ny.

May 19, 1854, Ich­ters­hau­sen, Ger­ma­ny.


Son of H. A. Hey, pas­tor at Lei­na, Wil­helm stu­died at the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Je­na and Göt­ting­en. In 1811, he be­came a lic­en­ti­ate in the­ol­o­gy, and af­ter var­ied work as a tu­tor, be­came in 1818 pastor at Töt­tel­stadt, near Gotha.

In 1827, he became court preach­er at Go­tha, where his preach­ing at­tract­ed large au­di­enc­es. In 1832, he was ap­point­ed su­per­in­ten­dent of Ich­ters­hau­sen.

Hey wrote his po­et­ry most­ly for child­ren. His works in­clude:

  1. Alle Jahre wied­er, kommt das Chris­tus Kind
  2. Aus dem Him­mel ferne
  3. Glöcklein klingt, Vög­lein singt
    • Bells Do Ring, Birds Do Sing
    • Bells They Ring, The Birds They Sing, The
    • Church Bells Ring
  4. Weißt du, wie viel Stern­lein steh­en
  5. Wenn auch vor dein­er Thür ein­mal
  6. Wenn je du wied­er zagst
  7. Wenn Je­sus liebt Der kann all­ein
    • The Love of Christ Makes Ev­er Glad
    • They Who Love Je­sus Alone Can Be Gay
    • Whom Christ Holds Dear
    • Whom Jesus Loves

Hey’s bur­ial place