How German/English rhyme "Might Fortress is our God"?

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  1. Stope

    Stope Puritan Board Sophomore

    Im so confused. If A Mighty Fortress is our God was penned in German, how on earth is there such consistent rhyming?
     
  2. Phil D.

    Phil D. Puritan Board Junior

    Such is the art and craft of good translation... It is interesting to compare the version of Luther's hymn that we are most familiar with, with another English translation.

    In doing so one can see how the same principle themes and ideas are clearly discernible in both, while they substantially differ in style, word choice and even sequence. Personally, I think the better of the two came to prominence...
     
  3. Stope

    Stope Puritan Board Sophomore

    FASCINATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!
     
  4. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    When I was younger I was quite surprised to find out that the Lutherans sang a different rendition of the song than the one I knew. I learned this because I had become friends with an old retired Lutheran Pastor and another young man who was raised Lutheran in Southern Indiana. They preferred the wording in their hymnals over the common one most of us know.

    I also found wikipedia to be very informative on the issue.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Mighty_Fortress_Is_Our_God

    Tim Challies has a good little blog about the Hymn.
    http://www.challies.com/articles/hymn-stories-a-mighty-fortress-is-our-god
     
  5. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

    The more similar a language is, the easier it is to rhyme.
     
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