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Martin Rinkart, or Rinckart (23 April 1586 – 8 December 1649) was a German clergyman and hymnist. He is best known for the text to "Now thank we all our God" (Nun danket alle Gott), which was written ca. 1636. It was set to music by Johann Crüger about 1647, and translated into English in the 19th century by Catherine Winkworth.
German pastor Martin Rinkart served in the walled town of Eilenburg during the horrors of the Thirty Years' War of 1618-1648. Eilenburg became an overcrowded refuge for the surrounding area. The fugitives suffered from epidemic and famine. At the beginning of 1637, the year of the Great Pestilence, there were four ministers in Eilenburg. But one abandoned his post for healthier areas and could not be persuaded to return. Pastor Rinkart officiated at the funerals of the other two. As the only pastor left, he often conducted services for as many as 40 to 50 persons a day—some 4,480 in all. In May of that year, his own wife died. By the end of the year, the refugees had to be buried in trenches without services.
Yet living in a world dominated by death, Pastor Rinkart wrote the following prayer for his children to offer to the Lord:
- Now thank we all our God
- With hearts and hands and voices;
- Who wondrous things hath done,
- In whom this world rejoices.
- Who, from our mother's arms,
- Hath led us on our way,
- With countless gifts of love,
- And still is ours today.
- "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"
- "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid"
- "Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir"
- "Christ Lay in Death's Bonds"
- "Es ist das Heil uns kommen her"
- "Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ"
- "God's Word Is Our Great Heritage"
- "Herr Christ, der einig Gotts Sohn"
- "How Lovely Shines the Morning Star"
- "Jesus Loves Me"
- "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming"
- "Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist"
- "Now come, Saviour of the gentiles"
- "Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren"
- "Now Thank We All Our God"
- "O Lord, Look Down from Heaven"
- "O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken"
- "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded"
- "Passion Hymns"
- "Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält"
- "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme"
- "Was willst du dich betrüben"
Hymnals Topics People
- Johann Sebastian Bach
- Dieterich Buxtehude
- Elisabeth Cruciger
- Johann Crüger
- Simon Dach
- Paul Gerhardt
- N. F. S. Grundtvig
- Claus Harms
- Johann Heermann
- Nikolaus Herman
- Sebald Heyden
- Justus Jonas
- Balthasar Kindermann
- Martin Luther
- Felix Mendelssohn
- Philipp Nicolai
- Johann Pachelbel
- Hallgrímur Pétursson
- Michael Praetorius
- Sigfrid Karg-Elert
- Martin Rinkart
- Johann von Rist
- Carl Schalk
- Cyriakus Schneegass
- Heinrich Schütz
- Paul Speratus
- N. Samuel of Tranquebar
- Jaroslav Vajda
- Johann Walter
- Catherine Winkworth
- Johannes Zahn
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