Biirde, Samuel Gottlieb

Biirde, Samuel Gottlieb a German hymn-writer was born at Breslau, Dec. 7, 1753. He studied law at Halle, but after his father's death was appointed to several government offices, and at length became secretary to the board of finances at Berlin, where he died, April 28, 1831. He is the author of about a hundred hymns, two of which were translated into English viz., Steil und dornig ist der Pfad (" Steep and thorny is the way," in Cox's Hymns from the German, p. 175), and Wann der Herr einst die Gefangenen ("When the Lord recalls the banished," in Lyra Germanica, ii, 292). See Koch, Gesh. der deutschen Kirchenliedes, xvii, 319 sq.; Jordens, Lexikon deutscher Dichter u. Prosaisten (Leipsic, 1806), vol. i. (B. P.)

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