1586–1649

April 23, 1586, Eilenburg, Saxony.

December 8, 1649, Eilenburg, Saxony, Germany. A memorial tablet was affixed to his house on Easter Monday, April 26, 1886.

Stadtkirche, Eilenburg, Saxony.

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After attending the Latin School at Eil­en­burg, Rink­art became, in November 1601, a foundation scholar and chorister of the St. Thom­as School in Leip­zig. This scholarship also let him proceed to the University of Leip­zig, where he enrolled for the summer session of 1602 as a theology student.

After completing his studies, he stayed for some time in Leip­zig (he did not take his master’s degree until 1616). In March 1610 he offered himself as a candidate for the post of di­a­co­nus at Eilen­burg, and was presented to the Town Council, but the Superintendent refused to sanction the arrangement, nominally on the grounds that Rink­art was a better musician than theologian, but really because he was unwilling to have a strong willed colleague who was native of Eil­en­burg.

So instead, Rinkart took a position at the Eis­le­ben Gym­na­si­um in June 1610, also serving as can­tor at St. Nich­o­las Church. After a few months, he became di­a­co­nus of St. Anne’s Church in the Neu­stadt of Eis­leben. He became pastor at Er­de­born and Lüt­jen­dorf, near Eis­le­ben, in 1613. In 1617, he became arch­di­a­co­nus at Eil­en­burg.

Rinkart was a voluminous writer and a good musician. Among other things, he wrote a cycle of seven dramas (comedies), suggested by the centenary of the Reformation in 1617. His hymns appeared mainly in:

  1. Alleluja, Lob, Preis und Ehr
  2. Nun danket alle Gott
    • All Hearts and Tongues and Hands
    • Let All Men Praise the Lord
    • Lift Heart, and Hands, and Voice
    • Now All Give Thanks to God
    • Now All Men Thank Ye God
    • Now All, to God Give Thanks
    • Now Let Us Praise the Lord
    • Now Praise the Lord on High
    • Now Let Us All to God
    • Now Thank We All Our God
    • O Let Us Praise the Lord
  3. So fahr ich hin mit Freuden