Helmbold was born in Mühlhausen. He became a professor of Philosophy an der Erfurt University in 1554. In 1571 he was appointed a minister at the Marienkirche in Mühlhausen, later as Superintendent.
- Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir, BWV 73
- Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild, BWV 79
- Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht, BWV 186a.
A few of his songs are still included in the German Protestant hymnal.
- "Ludwig Helmbold (Hymn-Writer, Composer)". bach-cantatas.com. 2006. Retrieved 2010-07-15.