Roth, Leonhard (d. 1541)

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Leonhard Roth, a Hutterite song writer, who was seized with 150 brethren at Steinabrunn, Austria, on 6 December 1539, and taken to the Falkenstein castle, where they were held for six weeks and subjected to repeated rigorous examination. Thereupon Roth was sent to the galleys at Trieste with ninety of the Brethren; with several others he escaped and returned to Moravia. In the following year (1541) he died at Schackowitz. In the Falkenstein prison and in Trieste he wrote three letters to the brotherhood. He also wrote the following three songs: "Ach Gott im Höchstein Reiche, Du starker Schirm und Schild" (15 stanzas), "O Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, Dir sei ewig Lob, Ehr bereit" (29 stanzas), "Herr Gott Vater vom Himmel, wir bitten dich gemein" (25 stanzas), called the Steinabrunn hymn. Several stanzas of the first hymn are found in the new German Lutheran hymnal, hymn No. 203.


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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1959

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