1648-1715

September 14, 1648, Breslau, Silesia (now Wrocław, Poland).

January 27, 1715, Breslau, Silesia.

Son of tax collector Martin Neumann, Caspar entered the University of Jena in September 1667, graduated MA in August 1670, and was for some time a university lecturer there. On November 30, 1673, he was ordained, at the request of Duke Ernst of Gotha, as traveling chaplain to his son, Prince Christian, whom he accompanied through western Germany, Switzerland, northern Italy, and southern France, returning to Gotha in 1675. In 1676, he became court preacher at Altenburg, but in December 1676 was appointed diaconus of the St. Mary Magdalene Church in Breslau, and pastor there in 1689. In February 1697, he became pastor of St. Elizabeth’s Church in Breslau, inspector of the churches and schools in the district, and first professor of theology in the two Gymnasia in Breslau. Neumann wrote over 30 hymns, almost all of which appeared in Burg’s Gesang Buch (Breslau: 1746); most also appeared, with his initials, in the ninth edition of the Breslau Vollständige Kirchen-und Haus-Music (undated, circa 1700). Neumann’s works include:

  1. Adam hat him Paradies
  2. Gottes und Marien Sohn
  3. Grosser Gott, von alten Zeiten
    • God of Ages, Great and Mighty
    • God of Ages Never Ending, Ruling
    • God of Ages, Never Ending! All Creation
    • Great God of Ages! By Whose Power
  4. Herr! auf Erden muss ich leiden
    • Lord, on Earth I Dwell Sad-Hearted
  5. Mein Gott, nun ist es wieder Morgen
  6. Nun bricht die finstre Nacht herein