"Keeping the Hymns Close By"

Be Still My Soul


Author – Katharina von Schlegel, 1697 - 1768
English Translation – Jane Borthwick, 1813 - 1897
Music – Jean Sibelius, 1865 - 1957

Psalm 46:10 – Be still and know that I am God…
A revival in the latter half of the seventeenth century in Germany, similar to the Wesleyan moment in England, was led by Philipp Jacob Spener, pastor of a Lutheran Church in Berlin, Germany. Spener’s encouragement of singing gave birth to a great revival in hymnody in Germany during this time.

Katharina von Schlegel was the outstanding woman of this revival movement. Little is known of her other that that she was a Lutheran and may have been the canoness of an evangelical women’s seminary in Germany. She, however, did contribute a number of lyrics to a collection of spiritual songs published in 1752. She wrote many additional verses for this particular hymn, but not all were translated. Most hymnals use just three stanzas.

This hymn was translated into English approximately one hundred years after it was written by Jane Borthwick, who ranks second only to Catherine Winkworth (who translated “Praise Ye the Lord the Almighty” – the July hymn of the month) for excellent translations of German hymns into English. Miss Borthwick was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on April 9, 1813.

Jean Sibelius was Finland’s best-known composer. This hymn tune is an arrangement of one movement of “Finlandia”, a tone poem written in 1899 depicting the majestic natural beauty of the composer’s native land.

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