Schalling, Martin a Lutheran divine, was born at Strasburg, April 21, 1532. He studied at Wittemberg, and was pastor at Regensburg, Vilseck (in Upper Palatine), and Amberg. In the latter place he was deposed because he would not subscribe to the Formula Concordioe. He died at Nuremberg, being pastor of St. Mary's, Dec. 29, 1608. He was a pious man, of whose hymn, Herzlich lieb' hab' ich dich, O Herr (Eng. transl. in Schaff's Christ in Song, p. 609, "Lord! I love thee from my heart"), Gellert said that it was "worth more than many volumes of new hymns, which have no other merit than that of a smoother language." The hymn which we have mentioned, and which is based on Ps 18; Ps 73, was a favorite of Spener, Gellert, the duchess of Orleans (daughter of Louis Philippe), and others. See Koch, Gesch. des deutschen Kirchenliedes, 2, 282 sq.; 8, 265; Knapp, Evangel.
Liederschatz, p. 1342, s.v.; Rittelmeyer, Die evangelischen Kirchenliederdichter des Elsasses (Jena, 1856), p. 52 sq. (B.P.)