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Decius, Nikolaus

(Deeg; ca. 1485–after 1546). Pastor, poet, and musician. Seems to have been a native of Hof, Upper Franconia; educ. Leipzig; monk; spiritual leader of Benedictine nunnery (Steterburg); became Luth. ca. 1522; rector at Hanover 1522; then teacher in Brunswick 1522; wrote perhaps the first hymns of Lutheranism for the Reformation of Brunswick; entered U. of Wittenberg 1523; 2d pastor at Stettin ca. 1524, later 1st pastor of Nikolaikirche there; asst. pastor Liebstadt, E Prussia, 1530; at Mühlhausen 1534; sympathetic to Calvinists; cantor and teacher of Lat. school, Bartenstein; asst. cantor and preacher at court in Königsberg 1540; returned to Möhlhausen 1543; regarded as restless and unstable. Author and composer of “Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr” and “O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig.” Other works include Summula (on passages from Mt).

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