Born: Sep­tem­ber 17, 1721, Meiss­en, Sach­sen (Sax­o­ny).

Died: Sep­tem­ber 16, 1793, Han­no­ver, Ger­ma­ny.

Son of Dr. Jo­hann Fried­rich Schle­gel, Ap­pel­la­tions­rath at Meiss­en, Schle­gel at­tend­ed school in Pfor­ta, near Naum­burg, then at the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Leip­zig, where he be­came ac­quaint­ed with Cram­er, Gell­ert, and Klop­stock, and was one of the prin­ci­pal con­trib­ut­ors to the pop­u­lar li­ter­a­ry jour­nal Neu Bey­träge zum Verg­nüg­en des Ver­stand­es und Witz­es. In 1746 he be­came a pri­vate tu­tor at Strehla, Sax­o­ny, then ret­urned to Leip­zig, where he oc­cu­pied him­self in li­ter­a­ry work. In 1748, he went to live with his friend Cram­er in Crell­witz, near Lütz­en. He stayed at Crell­witz un­til 1751, when he was ap­pointe­d a mast­er in his old school at Pfor­ta, and also di­a­co­nus of the church there. In 1754, he be­came chief pas­tor of the Ho­ly Trin­i­ty Church in Zerbst, and al­so pro­fess­or of The­ol­o­gy and Me­ta­phy­sics in the Ac­a­dem­ic Gym­na­si­um of that town. He moved to Han­no­ver in 1759 to be­come pas­tor of the Markt Kirche. In 1775, he moved to the Neu­stadt Church there as chief pas­tor, and also as Con­sis­to­ri­al­rath and Su­per­in­tend­ent. While keep­ing his pas­tor­ate in Han­no­ver, he was ap­point­ed, in 1782, as Gen­er­al Su­per­in­tend­ent of the dis­trict of Ho­ya. In 1787 he ex­changed this for the post of Gen­er­al Su­per­in­tend­ent of the Prin­ci­pal­i­ty of Kal­en­berg. The same year he re­ceived a DD de­gree at the Ju­bi­lee Fes­ti­val of the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Gött­ing­en.

The li­ter­a­ry world bet­ter re­mem­bers his sons, Au­gust Wil­helm and Fried­rich von Schle­gel.



  1. Eg lag die ganze Welt
  2. Jauchzt! es ist eine Ruh vorhanden
  3. Mein Jesu, für dein Herz
  4. Schweigt Stürme! brauset nicht ihr Meere
  5. Tag, der Erleuchtung uns gebracht
  6. Wie herrlich strahlt der Morgenstern