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List of hymns by Martin Luther

A sortable list of hymns by Martin Luther has information about their incipit, liturgical context, text bases and their language, publishing hymnal and time of publication, related texts, music, number in the Protestant hymnal Evangelisches Gesangbuch, and notes.

The reformer Martin Luther regarded music and especially hymns in German as important means for the development of faith. Luther wrote songs for occasions of the liturgical year (Advent, Christmas, Purification, Epiphany, Easter, Pentecost, Trinity), hymns on topics of the catechism (Ten Commandments, Lord's Prayer, creed, baptism, confession, Eucharist), paraphrases of psalms, and other songs. Whenever Luther went out from existing texts, here listed as "text source" (bible, Latin and German hymns), he widely expanded, transformed and personally interpreted them.[1][2]

Luther worked on the tunes, sometimes modifying older tunes, in collaboration with Johann Walter. Hymns were published in the Achtliederbuch, in Walter's choral hymnal Eyn geystlich Gesangk Buchleyn (Wittenberg) and the Erfurt Enchiridion (Erfurt) in 1524, and in the Klugsches Gesangbuch (Klug hymnal) in 1535, second edition in 1543 (Klug II), among others.

Incipit Liturgy Text source Tune source Published Date No. Note
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland Advent "Veni redemptor gentium" after older tune Erfurt 1524 4
Christum wir sollen loben schon Christmas "A solis ortus cardine" older tune Erfurt 1524 539
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ Christmas Medieval Leise (de) Erfurt 1524 23
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her Christmas [[s:Bible (King James)/Luke#2:8#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Luke 2:8–14]]
1537 24 for his children
Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar Christmas 1543 25
Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin Purification Nunc dimittis, [[s:Bible (King James)/Luke#2:29#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Luke 2:29–32]]
Luther Wittenberg 1524 519 also funeral
Was fürcht'st du, Feind Herodes, sehr? Epiphany "A solis ortus cardine"
Christ lag in Todes Banden Easter "Victimae paschali laudes",
"Christ ist erstanden"
Erfurt 1524 101
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der den Tod überwand Easter Erfurt 1524 102
Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist Pentecost "Veni Creator Spiritus" Wittenberg 1524 126
Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott Pentecost "Veni Sancte Spiritus, reple" Wittenberg 1524 125
Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist Pentecost Medieval Leise (de) Wittenberg 1524 124
Gott der Vater wohn' uns bei Trinity 138
Dies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot Commandments 231
Mensch, willt du leben seliglich Commandments
Wir glauben all an einen Gott Creed older tune Wittenberg 1524 183
Vater unser im Himmelreich Lord's Prayer 1539 344
Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam Baptism Klug II 1543 202
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir Confession [[s:Bible (King James)/Psalms#130#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Psalms 130]]
Achtliederbuch 1524 299
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der von uns den Gotteszorn wandt Eucharist "Jesus Christus nostra salus" older tune 215
Gott sei gelobet und gebenedeiet Eucharist Medieval Leise (de) 214
Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein Psalm [[s:Bible (King James)/Psalms#12#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Psalms 12]]
Achtliederbuch 1524 273
Es spricht der Unweisen Mund wohl Psalm [[s:Bible (King James)/Psalms#14#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Psalms 14]]
Achtliederbuch 1524
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott Psalm [[s:Bible (King James)/Psalms#46#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Psalms 46]]
1527? 362
Es woll' uns Gott genädig sein Psalm [[s:Bible (King James)/Psalms#67#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Psalms 67]]
Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit Psalm [[s:Bible (King James)/Psalms#124#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Psalms 124]]
Wohl dem, der in Gottesfurcht Psalm [[s:Bible (King James)/Psalms#128#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Psalms 128]]
Der du bist drei in Einigkeit "O lux beata Trinitas" 470 Evening song
Die beste Zeit im Jahr ist mein 319 music; spring time
Ein neues Lied wir heben an Luther's first hymn
Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort 1541 193
Herr Gott, dich loben wir Te Deum 191
Jesaja, dem Propheten, das geschah Sanctus [[s:Bible (King James)/Isaiah#6#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Isaiah 6]]
Litanei Litany 192
Mitten wir im Leben sind Funeral 518
Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein Achtliederbuch 1524 341
Sie ist mir lieb, die werte Magd [[s:Bible (King James)/Revelation#12#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Revelation 12]]
Klug 1535
Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich Da pacem Domine 421


  1. ^ Squire, William Barclay (1900). A Dictionary of Music and Musicians/Luther, Martin. Grove. 
  2. ^ Albrecht, Christoph Albrecht (1995). Einführung in die Hymnologie (in German). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. pp. 17–18. ISBN 3-52-557178-X. 


  • Otto Schlißke, Handbuch der Lutherlieder, Göttingen 1948

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