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 Gerhardt Tersteegen

Gerhardt Tersteegen

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Death 3 Apr 1769 (aged 71)
Burial Unknown, Specifically: He died ar Mulheim
Memorial ID 109097745 · View Source
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Tersteegen was born at Moers. He soon came under the influence of Wilhelm Hoffman, a pietistic revivalist, and devoted himself to writing and public speaking, withdrawing in 1728 from all secular pursuits and giving himself entirely to religious work. He was well known for his deeply spiritual sermons in his day, and hundreds of people crowded into his home to hear him speak of the things of God.
His poetry is beautiful and expresses the deep things of the Spirit. You can find many of these poems—also referred to as hymns in books by Frances Bevan among others. A good example is the following:

Let Him lead thee blindfold onwards,
Love needs not to know;
Children whom the Father leadeth
Ask not where they go.
Though the path be all unknown
Over moors and mountains lone.

Give no ear to reason's questions;
Let the blind man hold
That the sun is but a fable
Men believed of old.
At the breast the babe will grow;
Whence the milk he need not know.


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  • Created by: David Martin
  • Added: 24 Apr 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 109097745
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gerhardt Tersteegen (26 Nov 1697–3 Apr 1769), Find A Grave Memorial no. 109097745, ; Maintained by David Martin (contributor 47817370) Unknown, who reports a He died ar Mulheim.