1624-1677
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December 1624, Breslau, Silesia (now Wrocław, Poland).

July 9, 1677, St. Matthias monastery, Breslau, Silesia.

St. Matthias monastery, Breslau, Silesia.

Angelus Silesius.

Johann’s father, Stanislaus Scheffler, was a member of the Polish nobility, but was forced to leave his homeland because of his adherence to Lutheranism. Johann attended Elizabeth’s Gymnasium in Breslau, than enrolled as a medical student at the University of Strassburg in 1643. The next year, he went to Leyden, and in 1647, to Padua (PhD & MD 1648). He then returned to Silesia, where in 1649 he became the private physician of Sylvius Nimrod of Württemburg-Oels.

The Duke was a staunch Lutheran, and his court preacher, Christiantoph Freitag, administered the ecclesiastical affairs of the district according to strict Lutheran orthodoxy. Scheffler, who in Holland had become acquainted with the writings of Jakob Böhme, and had been a personal friend of Abraham von Frankenberg, editor of Böhme’s works, soon found that the spiritual atmosphere of Oels did not suit him. Johann resigned his post in 1652 and returned to Breslau. There he became acquainted with the Jesuits. In 1653 he joined the Roman Catholic church, and took the name Angelus.

In 1654, Emperor Ferdinand made Scheffler the Imperial Court Physician, but the title was purely honorary, and Scheffler remained in Breslau. In 1661, Scheffler joined the order of St. Francis, and was also ordained priest at Niesse, Silesia (now Nysa, Poland). In 1664, he was appointed Rath and Hofmarschall to his friend Sebastian von Rostock, the newly created Prince Bishop of Breslau. After the bishop’s death in 1671, Scheffler retired to the monastery of St. Matthias in Breslau.

  1. Ach Gott, was hat vor Herrlichkeit
  2. Ach, sagt mir nicht von Gold und Schätzen
  3. Ach, was steh’st du auf der Au
  4. Auf, auf, O Seel’, zuf auf, zum Streit
  5. Dein’ eigne Liebe zwinget mich
  6. Der edle Schäfer, Gottes Sohn
  7. Die Sonne kommt heran
  8. Du unvergleichlich’s Gut
  9. Grosser König, dem ich diene
  10. Ich will dich lieben, meine Stärke
  11. Ihf Engel, die das höchste Gut
  12. Jesu, ew’ge Sonne
  13. Jesu, komm doch selbst zu mir
    • Dearest Jesus, Come to Me
    • Jesu, Jesu, Come to Me
    • Jesus, Jesus, Come to Me!
    • Jesus, Come Thyself to Me
    • Jesus, Jesus, Visit Me
    • Jesus, Savior, Come to Me
  14. Keine Schönheit hat die Welt
  15. Liebe die du mich zum Bilde
  16. Meine Seele willt du ruh’n
  17. Mir nach, spricht Christus, unser Held
  18. Morgenstern der finstern Nacht
  19. Nun nimm mein Herz, und alles was ich bin
  20. O du allerliebster Gott
  21. Schau’, Braut, wie hängt dein Bräutigam
  22. Soul Wherein God Dwells, The
  23. Tritt hin, o Seel’, und dank’ dem Herrn
  24. Weil ich schon sch’die gold’nen Wangen
  25. Wie lieblich sind die Wohnungen
  26. Wollt ihr den Herren finden
  27. Wo willt du hin, weils Abend ist
  28. Zeuch mich nach dir, so laufen wir
  1. Culbach
  2. Keine Schönheit Hat die Welt

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