A good post on Martin Luther’s hymnody over at InternetMonk, focusing on Luther’s hymn “Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice.” I particularly enjoyed this quotation from Luther regarding his hymnic efforts:
Accordingly, to make a good beginning and to encourage others who can do it better, I have myself, with some others, put together a few hymns, in order to bring into full play the blessed Gospel, which by God’s grace hath again risen: that we may boast, as Moses doth in his song (Exodus xv.) that Christ is become our praise and our song, and that, whether we sing or speak, we may not know anything save Christ our Saviour, as St. Paul saith (1 Cor. ii.).