Many hymn writers since Gerhardt have drawn from the same scriptural
sources as he, and it would be presumption to attempt to prove that all these
had received any direct impulse from his verses; yet it must be realized
that it is to a certain extent impossible that the conceptions of the hymn
writers of one age should remain inseparable from the ideas of later poets.
Bayard Taylor, in speaking about what he calls "intellectual genealogies in
literature," says: "Most authors may be shown to be not imitators, but
the spiritual descendants of others, inheriting more or less of their
natures."Studies in German Literature, 1879.
In the pages which follow are cited some hymns containing
phrases thoroughly suggestive of Gerhardt's lines which will contribute
evidence in addition to that already adduced to show the prominent place
his works hold as influencing English hymn writing.
HYMNS SHOWING ADAPTATIONS OF IDEAS AND EXPRESSIONS FROM GERHARDT'S POEMS.