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Paul Speratus
Paul Speratus.jpg
Born13 December 1484
Died12 August 1551(1551-08-12) (aged 66)
  • Lutheran minister
  • Hymn writer
First Lutheran hymnal

Paul Speratus (13 December 1484 – 12 August 1551) was a Swabian Catholic priest who became a Protestant preacher, reformer and hymn-writer. In 1523, he helped Martin Luther to create the First Lutheran hymnal, published in 1524 and called Achtliederbuch.[1]

Early life

Ellwangen 1549
Ellwangen 1549

Paul Speratus was born in Rötlen (a village now part of present-day Ellwangen) in Swabia, on or about 13 December 1484, probably to a wealthy family. His original surname, Latinized to "Speratus," may have been "Spreter," "Hoffer," or "Offer." In later years would write his name as "von Rötlen" (of Rötlen) or "von Ellwangen, Priester der Diöcese Augsburg" (of Ellwangen, Priest of the Diocese of Augsburg).[2]

Early studies took him to Paris and Italy, as well as (probably) Freiburg and Vienna.[3] In 1506, he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest.[3] In 1517, he was the author of a poem praising the Johann Eck, a conservative Catholic soon to be an important Catholic critic of Luther's new doctrines. At about the same time, the Pope named Speratus a Papal count palatine.[2] In 1520, after having spent some years as cathedral preacher in Salzburg, he became the cathedral preacher in Würzburg.[3]

Disciple of Martin Luther

On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther wrote to his bishop, Albert of Mainz, protesting the sale of indulgences and enclosing a copy of his 95 Theses, which his friends had translated from Latin to German by January 1518. In the early part of his ministry, Luther saw himself as a reformer operating inside the Catholic Church, as did many early followers such as Speratus.[4]

By November, 1521, however, Speratus had married and was forced to flee his position, going first to Salzburg, and then to Moravia. He was excommunicated in 1522, after preaching in Vienna a sermon denouncing his monastic vows. In 1523, he was imprisoned and condemned to death by burning, being released only after the intervention of friends and on the condition that he leave Moravia.[2][3] It was while imprisoned that Speratus wrote his most famous hymn, Es ist das Heil uns kommen her.[4]


Title page of the Achtliederbuch
Title page of the Achtliederbuch
"Es ist das heyl vns kommen her," 1524
"Es ist das heyl vns kommen her," 1524

After Speratus was released from prison, he and his wife went to join Luther in Wittenberg in 1523,[5] where Speratus helped Luther to create the first Lutheran hymnal, the Achtliederbuch, published in 1524.[3] This hymnal contained only eight songs: four by Luther, three by Speratus, and one by Justus Jonas.[6] All its songs were published the same year in the Erfurt Enchiridion, a collection of 26 hymns.

Es ist das Heil uns kommen her

The words of this hymn were written during the time Speratus was imprisoned; the melody is taken from a 15th-century chorale.[2][4] According to Catherine Winkworth, "Luther himself is said to have given his last coin to a Prussian beggar from whom he heard it for the first time."[7]

The 14 stanzas of Speratus's text expound Luther's teaching concerning salvation by faith rather than by doing good works. According to Scott Hendrix, "It not only emphasizes justification by faith alone but it also underlines the vitality of that faith manifested in service to others".[5]

In Gott gelaub ich, daß er hat

Miles Coverdale published his English translation of this song as "In God I trust for so I must."[3][8]

Hilf Gott, wie ist der Menschen Not

This hymn is recommended in the Missal of Matthäus Ludecus (1589) for several different feasts of the liturgical year including Septuagesima.[9]

Later career

On Luther's recommendation, Speratus became court chaplain of Albert, Duke of Prussia, a post he held from 1524 to 1529. In 1530, he became the Protestant bishop of Pomesania, a post he held until his death in 1551.[3] He was active there in defending the tenets of faith advanced by Luther, and in attacking such rival sects as the followers of Caspar Schwenckfeldt and Andreas Osiander.[10] He died in Marienwerder on 12 August 1551.


  1. ^ Julian, John (1892). A dictionary of hymnology: setting forth the origin and history of Christian hymns of all ages and nations. C. Scribner's Sons. pp. 1073–4.
  2. ^ a b c d Tschackert, Paul (1895). Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (in German). 35. Historischen Kommission bei der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. pp. 123–35. ...only through the intercession of respected aristocrats was he rescued from death by fire, to which he had been condemned... in this prison he composed the Protestant hymn "There is salvation come forth to us." nur durch die Fürbitte angesehener Magnaten vor dem Feuertode, zu dem er verurtheilt war, gerettet... er in dieser Haft das evangelische Glaubenslied „Es ist das Heil uns kommen her“ gedichtet hat.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Herzog, Johann Jakob (1911). The new Schaff-Herzog encyclopedia of religious knowledge. 11. Funk and Wagnalls. p. 42.
  4. ^ a b c "Paul Speratus (Hymn-Writer)". Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  5. ^ a b Hendrix, Scott H (2009). Early Protestant Spirituality. Paulist Press. pp. 182–5. ISBN 0-8091-4211-2.
  6. ^ "Early German Lutheran and  Reformation Hymnals 1524 Achtliederbuch". Douglas D. Anderson. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  7. ^ Winkworth, Catherine (1884). Christian Singers of Germany. pp. 123–24. Retrieved 29 July 2011. ...sounds to us like a bit out of the Augsburg Confession done into rhyme. But in his own day it was as popular as Luther's hymns, and Luther himself is said to have given his last coin to a Prussian beggar from whom he heard it for the first time.
  8. ^ Julian, John (1892). A dictionary of hymnology: setting forth the origin and history of Christian hymns of all ages and nations. C. Scribner's Sons. p. 442.
  9. ^ "1589 Hymnal Selection Guide". Historic Lectionary. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Speratus, P". Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (in German). DE. 1995. Retrieved 11 December 2020.

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