1624–1677
portrait

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. Dank Dir, O Herr, dass Gold und Schätze
  6. Dein’ eigne Liebe zwinget mich
  7. Der edle Schäfer, Gottes Sohn
  8. Die Sonne kommt heran
  9. Du unvergleichlich’s Gut
  10. Grosser König, dem ich diene
  11. Ich will dich lieben, meine Stärke
  12. Ihf Engel, die das höchste Gut
  13. Jesu, ew’ge Sonne
  14. 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
  15. Keine Schönheit hat die Welt
  16. Liebe die du mich zum Bilde
  17. Meine Seele willt du ruh’n
  18. Mir nach, spricht Christus, unser Held
  19. Morgenstern der finstern Nacht
  20. Nun nimm mein Herz, und alles was ich bin
  21. O du allerliebster Gott
  22. Schau’, Braut, wie hängt dein Bräutigam
  23. Soul Wherein God Dwells, The
  24. Tritt hin, o Seel’, und dank’ dem Herrn
  25. Weil ich schon sch’die gold’nen Wangen
  26. Wie lieblich sind die Wohnungen
  27. Wollt ihr den Herren finden
  28. Wo willt du hin, weils Abend ist
  29. Zeuch mich nach dir, so laufen wir
  1. Culbach
  2. Keine Schönheit Hat die Welt

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