Hymns of Ter Steegen and Others (Second Series)

by Frances Bevan

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This collection contains English translations of some of the best-known German Pietist poems and hymns throughout the centuries. Characteristic of their Pietist authors, the hymns' contents are deeply personal and sometimes mystical. Fortunately, little beauty and meaning is lost in Bevan's fine translations. The works of Gerhard Tersteegen (1697- 1769) and Heinrich Seuse, also known as Henry Suso (1300-1366), among others, are included. With this second volume, Bevan expands his collection of translations with English renderings of Mechthild of Magdeburg’s lyrical poetry. The medieval Catholic nun, whom some consider an “evangelical witness” of her time, influenced many of the German hymnists that followed her with The Flowing Light of Divinity, her single written work.

Kathleen O’Bannon
CCEL Staff
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Born: 1827
Died: 1909
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Popular works: Hymns of Ter Steegen, Suso, and Others, Three Friends of God: Records from the Lives of John Tauler, Nicholas of Basle, Henry Suso, Hymns of Ter Steegen and Others (Second Series), Matelda and the Cloister of Hellfde