Hymn #68: God Is Truly with Us
Joachim Neander (1650-1680) composed WUNDERBARER KÖNIG as the setting for a text he had written, and both were published in 1680. The tune is sometimes called ARNSBERG. The melody has undergone many changes from its original form and would hardly be recognized by Neander.
Joachim Neander enjoyed the carefree life of a student while a youth in Bremen, Germany. He was greatly moved by the preaching of Theodore Undereyck and became a follower of the pietist movement. Neander was an independent thinker and made his living primarily as a teacher in a grammar school.