peoplepill id: ludwig-helmbold
1 views today
2 views this week
Ludwig Helmbold
German classical singer

Ludwig Helmbold

Ludwig Helmbold
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro German classical singer
Was Poet Writer Educator
From Germany
Field Academia Literature
Gender male
Birth 21 January 1532, Mühlhausen/Thüringen, Unstrut-Hainich-Kreis, Thuringia, Germany
Death 8 April 1598, Mühlhausen/Thüringen, Unstrut-Hainich-Kreis, Thuringia, Germany (aged 66 years)
The details (from wikipedia)


Ludwig Helmbold, also spelled Ludwig Heimbold, (21 January 1532 – 8 April 1598) was a poet of Lutheran hymns. He is probably best known for his hymn "Nun laßt uns Gott dem Herren", of which J. S. Bach used the fifth stanza for his cantata O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad, BWV 165; Bach also used his words in BWV 73, 79 and 186a.


Helmbold was born in Mühlhausen. He became a professor of Philosophy an der Erfurt University in 1554. In 1571 he was appointed a minister at the Marienkirche in Mühlhausen, later as Superintendent.

Helmbold was crowned poeta laureatus by Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor, in 1566 on the Reichstag at Augsburg.


The Mühlhausen cantors Joachim à Burck and Johannes Eccard set many of Helmbold's more than hundred hymns to music. Some of his works were used by Johann Sebastian Bach in his cantatas, such as

  • Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir, BWV 73
  • Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild, BWV 79
  • Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht, BWV 186a
  • O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad, BWV 165.

A few of his hymns are still included in the German Protestant hymnal Evangelisches Gesangbuch (EG):

  • EG 320: "Nun lasst uns Gott, dem Herren"
  • EG 365: "Von Gott will ich nicht lassen"
  • EG (Nordelbien) 558: "Amen, Gott Vater und Sohne"

Other recognition

In 1998, a street named Helmboldstraße, next to Bonatstraße, was named after him in Mühlhausen.


The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
comments so far.
From our partners
Sections Ludwig Helmbold

arrow-left arrow-right instagram whatsapp myspace quora soundcloud spotify tumblr vk website youtube pandora tunein iheart itunes