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Catherine Winkworth

Translator of German hymns

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Catherine Winkworth (13 September 1827 - 1 July 1878) was an English translator. She is best known for bringing the German chorale tradition to English speakers with her numerous translations of hymns.

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September 13, 1827
July 1, 1878
Biography, Criticism (interpretation), German literature, History, Hymns (English)
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Born in London on September 13, 1827, Winkworth's family moved to Manchester when she was two. In 1862 she moved with her father and sisters to Clifton, a suburb of Bristol, where she became active in promoting higher education for women. This interest manifested itself in her translations from German of biographies of two founders of sisterhoods for the poor and the sick: Life of Pastor Fliedner, 1861, and Life of Amelia Sieveking, 1863.

Her interest in German hymns was sparked by Chevelier Bunsen, the German ambassador to England, who presented her a copy of Andachtsbuch, a German devotional book with German hymns, which opened to treasures of German hymnody to her. She went on to publish two series of Lyra Germanica, 1855 and 1858. The first series were 103 translations from Bunsen's Versuch eines allgemeinen Gesang und Gebetbuchs, 1833, which went to 23 editions; the second series contained 121 more translations from the same book and was published in 12 editions. In 1863 she published the Chorale Book for England which contained some of the earlier translations with their proper chorale tunes. And in 1869 she published Christian Singers of Germany, which contained the biographies of German hymnwriters.

Catherine Winkworth died suddenly from heart disease on July 1, 1878, at Monnetier in Savoy, France.

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Combines Catherine Winkworth's "faithful and sensitive" hymn translations with authentic chorale tunes, arranged for use in the Church of England.

A "charming biographical work" featuring more translations of German poetry and hymnody: "admirable art applied to the management of complex and difficult versification." [Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology]

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John Tauler was a German Dominican mystic living in the 14th century. He is known as one of the Friends of God, an informal group of Catholic mystics who strove to deepen both their communal relationship as well as their inner spirituality. Tauler was a leader of this group. His sermons demonstrated his mastery of combining the mystical with the concrete, the spiritual with the practical. 25 of his sermons are included in this volume. He also taught that each human has a desire for God which is satisfied through detachment from earthly things. Also in this volume is a biography of Tauler, which allows readers to gain better insight into this ancient religious man's life and work.

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Winkworth's translations are "invariably faithful, and for the most part both terse and delicate;" (Martineau) "the most widely used of any from that language, and have had more to do with the modern revival of the English use of German hymns than the versions of any other writer." [Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology]

Winkworth's translations are "invariably faithful, and for the most part both terse and delicate;" (Martineau) "the most widely used of any from that language, and have had more to do with the modern revival of the English use of German hymns than the versions of any other writer." [Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology]

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