Born: 1605, Mihla (or Miller, or Mühla, near Eis­en­ach), Ger­ma­ny.

Died: June 2, 1681, Naum­burg, Sach­sen (Sax­ony).

Homburg was clerk of the As­siz­es and Coun­sel­lor in Naum­burg. In 1648, he was a­dmit­ted to the Fruit­bearing So­ci­e­ty, and af­ter­ward be­came a mem­ber of the Elbe Swan Or­der formed by Jo­hann Rist in 1660.

By his con­temp­o­rar­ies Hom­burg was re­gard­ed as a po­et of the first rank. His ear­li­er po­ems, 1638-1653, were se­cu­lar, in­clud­ing ma­ny love and drink­ing songs. Do­mes­tic trou­bles aris­ing from the ill­ness­es of him­self and of his wife, and other af­flict­ions, led him to seek the Lord, and the de­liv­er­anc­es he ex­per­i­enced from pes­ti­lence and from vi­o­lence led him to place all his con­fi­dence on God. The col­lect­ed edi­tion of his hymns ap­peared in two parts at Je­na and Naum­burg, 1659, pt. i. as his Geist­lich­er Lied­er, Erst­er Theil, with 100 hymns [en­graved ti­tle, Naum­burg, 1658]; and pt. ii as the An­der Theil with 50 hymns. In the pre­face he speaks of them as his “Sun­day la­bours,” and says, “I was spe­cial­ly in­duced and com­pelled” to their com­po­si­tion “by the anx­ious and sore do­mes­tic af­flict­ions by which God…has for some time laid me aside.” They are dis­tin­guished for sim­pli­ci­ty, firm faith, and live­li­ness, but oft­en lack po­e­tic vi­gor and are too som­bre.

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Hymns

  1. Ach wun­der­gross­er Sieg­es-Held
  2. Jesu, Mein­es Le­bens Le­ben

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