\sˈa͡ɪmən dˈat͡ʃ], \sˈaɪmən dˈatʃ], \s_ˈaɪ_m_ə_n d_ˈa_tʃ]\
Definitions of SIMON DACH
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A German lyrist (1605-59); born at Memel. His numerous hymns and songs are found in various collections, his hymns especially in the "Spiritual Arias" of Heinrich Albert. He wrote several occasional poems in honor of the Electoral House of Brandenburg,-"Electoral Branden burgian Rose, Eagle, Lion, and Sceptre". He often followed his native poetic bent, disregarding the hard and fast rules of the poetic schools of his time; and then he was spontaneous, natural, and spoke directly to the popular heart. His "Annie of Tharau". A Low-German lay for the wedding of his friend Parson Portatius with Anna Neander, became a popular favorite; his "Praise of Friendship" seems to belong to a better age; and his spiritual songs, "In Thy Control, O Lord", "Be Comforted, my Soul", etc., are hardly surpassed by any compositions of his day.
By Charles Dudley Warner