Hymn #410: If You But Trust in God to Guide You

Georg Neumark (1621-1681) wrote this German hymn, "Wer nur den lieben Gott," in 1640.  It was first used at Kiel that winter and at the funeral of King Frederick William 1 of Prussia a century later. Catherine Winkworth (1829-1878) included the translation in her Chorale Book for England (1863).

Georg Newmark was born at Langensalza, Thuringia, in what is now Germany.  The victim of many misfortunes as the result of the Thirty Years' War, Neumark enjoyed some security as a tutor and later librarian and court poet to the Duke of Saxe-Weimar.

Georg Neumark (1621-1681) composed the tune NEUMARK, which was named for him by later hymnal editors, as the setting for his hymn text.  The tune has also been called AUGSBURG and BREMEN.  J.S. Bach borrowed it for eight of his cantatas and a number of other works.

Georg Neumark was born on March 16, 1621, in Langensalza, Thuringia.  He was robbed while on the way to study law at Konigsberg and left destitute.  Neumark turned to teaching to raise tuition money and finally was able to continue his studies in law and poetry.  He died in Thuringia on July 18, 1681.