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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Critical and Biographical Essay by Alfred H. Miles

Frances Elizabeth Cox (1812–1897)

“SACRED Hymns from the German” (London, 1841; second edition, revised, and with additions, 1864), by Frances Elizabeth Cox, was another attempt to introduce hymns from German sources for English use. Originally these were printed with the German text and biographical notes of the authors. Two at least of these fifty-six translations have become widely popular—the translation from Schenck which commences “Who are these like stars appearing,” and the following Easter hymn from the German of C. F. Gellert. The latter has been variously modified in successive editions and different collections. The text here given is from the edition of “Hymns from the German,” published in 1890.