Martin Rinkart (1586–1649)
Martin Rinkart, or Rinckart (23 April 1586 – 8 December 1649) was a German clergyman and hymnist. He is best known for the text to "Now thank we all our God" (Nun danket alle Gott), which was written ca. 1636. It was set to music by Johann Crüger about 1647, and translated into English in the 19th century by Catherine Winkworth.
Rinkart was a deacon at Eisleben and archdeacon at Eilenburg, where he was born and also died. He served there during the Thirty Years' War and a severe plague in 1637.
German pastor Martin Rinkart served in the walled town of Eilenburg during the horrors of the Thirty Years War of 1618-1648. Eilenburg became an overcrowded refuge for the surrounding area. The fugitives suffered from epidemic and famine. At the beginning of 1637, the year of the Great Pestilence, there were four ministers in Eilenburg. But one abandoned his post for healthier areas and could not be persuaded to return. Pastor Rinkart officiated at the funerals of the other two. As the only pastor left, he often conducted services for as many as 40 to 50 persons a day—some 4,480 in all. In May of that year, his own wife died. By the end of the year, the refugees had to be buried in trenches without services.
Now Thank We All Our God 
Yet living in a world dominated by death, Pastor Rinkart wrote the following prayer for his children to offer to the Lord:
- Now thank we all our God
- With hearts and hands and voices;
- Who wondrous things hath done,
- In whom this world rejoices.
- Who, from our mother's arms,
- Hath led us on our way,
- With countless gifts of love,
- And still is ours today.
External links 
King's College Choir Cambridge: Now Thank We All Our God
Martin Rinkart: Now thank we all our God / Nun danket alle Gott Martin Rinkart (1586-1649) was a Lutheran minister in Eilenburg, Saxony. During the Thirty Y...
Now Thank We All Our God, Karg Elert
Nancy Gerst, organist For solo organ by Sigfrid Karg-Elert (German, 1877-1933) With landscape paintings by a contemporary painter of Karg-Elert's, John Singe...
Johann Friedrich Doles / Nun danket alle Gott
A urtext edition is available from Brian Clark @ http://www.primalamusica.com. Maik Richter's new urtext edition of "Nun danket alle Gott" is now available f...
Now Thank We All Our God Hymn - Gods Country QVT Productions
Now Thank We All Our God Hymn Words: Martin Rinkart, circa 1636 (Nun danket alle Gott); first appeared in Praxis Pietatis Melica (Devotional Tunes, Sweet as...
Now Thank We All Our God, Hymn (Lyrics in Description)
This beautiful hymn is one of my favourites, was written by: Martin Rinkart (1586-1649) for his children. Pastor Martin Rinkart served in the walled city of ...
316. Now thank we all our God
316. Now thank we all our God (Hymn) From the blue 1959/1976 CRC Psalter Hymnal Music : Johann Cruger, 1647 Lyrics : Martin Rinkart, 1648 / Tr. Catherine Win...
感謝賜恩真神 Now thank we all our God 曲 Johann Cruger 教會詩班大滙唱
口唱心和讚美神, 聖詩分享感謝賜恩真神( 都來感謝恩主) Now thank we all our God 曲: Johann Cruger 1636 詞: Martin Rinkart ( 1586 - 1649 ) Arr. John Rutter 編曲: 陳偉光教授指揮: 陳偉光教授司琴...
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1 Chronicles 29:13 Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise Your glorious name. Martin Rinkart, 1636 1. Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands an...
Nun danket alle Gott - Chorale Prelude for Trumpet and Organ
"Nun danket alle Gott" is a popular hymn inspired by verses from the deuterocanonical book Sirach, and was written around 1636 by Martin Rinkart (1586-1649),...
Now thank we all our God
Gonglewski Thanksgiving 2009 Words by Martin Rinkart (1663), score by Johann Crüger (1647).
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The hymn was originally composed by Martin Rinkart, in Saxony; Frederick had overrun Saxony the previous year. It's entirely possible the singing Landser came from there himself, and had no stake in Frederick's dynastic ambitions. His thanks, in that ...
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