Matthias Greiter

Short Name: Matthias Greiter
Full Name: Greiter, Matthias, ca. 1495-1550
Birth Year: 1495
Death Year: 1550

Greitter, Matthäus, was a monk and chorister of Strassburg Cathedral, but in 1524 espoused the cause of the Reformation. In 1528 he was appointed assistant pastor of St. Martin's Church, and afterwards at St. Stephen's. When the Interim [Agricola] was forced on Strassburg, he was the only one of the Lutheran pastors that sought to further it, a course which he afterwards deeply regretted. His death is dated by Wetzel, i. 349, as Dec. 20, 1550; by the Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, ix. 636, as Nov. 20, 1550; while Koch, ii. 104, says he died of the pestilence in 1552.

Greitter was a distinguished musician, and with his friend Dachstein (q.v.) edited the Strassburg Kirchen ampt, 1524-5. Four psalm tunes by Greitter, and one by Dachstein were inserted by Calvin in his first Hymnbook published at Strassburg, 1539. All these were transferred to the first edition of the French-Genevan Psalter in 1542, and two of them, both by Greitter (the tunes to psalms 36 and 91), were retained in the final edition of 1562. Of his seven Psalm versions 4 have been translated into English :—

i. Ach Gott, wie lang vergissest mein. Ps. xiii. 1524. Wackernagel, iii. p. 89, in 4 st. Translated as, "O Lord, how lang forever wil thow foirget," in the Gude and Godly Ballates, ed. 1568, folio 46 (1868, p. 78).
ii. Da Israel aus Egypten zog. Ps. cxiv. In Die Zwen Psalmen: In exitu Israel, &c, Strassburg, 1527, thence in Wackernagel, iii. p. 93, in 2 stanzas. Translated as, "Quhen, fra Egypt departit Israeli," In the Gude & Godly Ballates, ed. 1568, folio 56 (1868, p. 95).
iii. Nicht uns, nicht uns, o ewiger Herr. Ps. cxv, 1527, as ii., and Wackernagel, iii. p. 93, in 4 st. Translated as, “Not unto us, not unto us, O Lord," in the G. & G. Ballates, ed. 1568, folio 56 (1868, p. 95).
iv. 0 Herre Gott, begnade mich. Ps. li. 1525. Wackernagel, iii. p. 90, in 5 st. Translated as, "O Lorde God, have mercy on me," by Bishop Coverdale, 1539 (Remains, 1846, p. 574). [Rev.James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Texts by Matthias Greiter (7)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Ach Gott, wie lang vergisst du meinMattheus Greiter (Author)German4
Da Israel aus Egypten zogMattheus Greiter (Author)German4
Es sind doch selig alleMattheus Greiter (Author)German3
Nicht uns, nicht uns, o ewiger HerrMattheus Greiter (Author)German4
Nun welche hier ihr Hoffnung garMattheus Greiter (Author)German5
O Herre Gott, begnade michMattheus Greiter (Author)German4
O Herre Gud! gör nåd med migMatthias Greiter (Author)Swedish2
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