Baumann, Christoph (16th century)

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Christoph Baumann was one of the outstanding Anabaptist hymn writers. Nothing is known of his life, except that he lay in prison in Landshut, Bavaria, and probably died there a martyr. The Ausbund has four songs written by him; but only one of them bears his name as author, viz., "Wo soll ich mich hindrehen" (No. 76). The two songs following this and No. 80 are of his composition; Wolkan proves this by their acrostic form. His songs have considerable poetic value. Their content testifies to a rare strength of faith and deep, hopeful joy. Baumann complains, of course, about the severe trials that men subject him to on account of his faith; but not a word of bitterness passes his lips. He asks God to forgive their sins: "O God, do not reckon it against them unto death; for they are ignorant and blind in everything."


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 140.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer. Berlin, 1903. Reprinted Nieuwkoop : B. De Graaf, 1965: 146 f., 149

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1953

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