Schweinitz, Plans Christoph Von

Schweinitz, Plans Christoph von,

a German hymnist, was born in 1645 at Rudelsdorf, in the Silesian principality of Schweidnitz, and died in 1722. His hymn Wird das nicht Freude sein, which he wrote at the death of his first wife, Theodora, has become one of the gems the German hymns. It has also been translated into English, "Will that not joyful be!" (Hymns from the Land of Luther, p. 9). See Otto, Lexikon oberlausitzischer Schriftsteller (Gorlitz, 1803); Koch, Gesch. des deutschen Kirchenliedes, 4, 34 sq.; Knapp, Evangel. Liederschatz, s.v. (B.P.)

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