Ramsauer, Otto Heinrich David

Ramsauer, Otto Heinrich David a hymnist of the Reformed Church, was born Nov. 19, 1829, at Oldenburg. Having made his preparatory studies at the gymnasium of his native place, he went, in 1848, to Zurich, in Switzerland. where the well-known Dr. J. P. Lange especially attracted him. While yet a student he wrote a collection of hymns, entitled Der Frieide und die 'Freude der Kirche, which were edited by his teacher in 1851. In 1852 he wa's appointed vicar to dean Frei in Trogen, in Switzerland, whom he also succeeded in the pastorate. Three years afterwards, May 27, 1856, he died in the vigor of life. Some of his hymns are very fine, but have not yet found a place in any of our modern German hymn-books. See Koch, Geschichte des deutschen Kirchenliedes, 7:384; Zuchold, Bibliotheca Theologica, ii, 1027. (B. P.)

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