Hermann, Nikolaus one of the earliest evangelical hymnologists, flourished about the middle of the 16th century. His intimate relation with the minister of the church of his place (which he served as organist), Mathesius, the biographer of Luther, gave to his compositions a true reform spirit and the child-like simplicity of a Christian mind. They have been preserved in general use even to our own day. — Brockhaus, Conversations Lexicon, 7, 841; Gervinus, Gesch. d. poetischen Nationalit. d. Deutschen, 3, 10, 32.