Countess Emilie Juliane of Barby-Mühlingen

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Countess Emilie Juliane of Barby-Mühlingen
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Emilie Juliane of Barby-Mühlingen
Born (1637-08-19)19 August 1637
Heidecksburg Castle in Rudolstadt
Died 3 December 1706(1706-12-03) (aged 69)
Rudolstadt
Noble family House of Barby
Spouse(s) Albert Anton, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
Father Albert Frederick I of Barby-Mühlingen
Mother Sophia Ursula of Oldenburg-Delmenhorst
Religion Lutheran

Emilie (Ämilie, Aemilie) Juliane (19 August 1637 – 3 December 1706)[1] was a German countess and hymn writer.

Emilie Juliane was a daughter of Count Albert Frederick I of Barby-Mühlingen and his wife, Sophia Ursula of Oldenburg-Delmenhorst. During the Thirty Years' War, her father and his family were compelled to seek refuge in the castle of Heidecksburg in Rudolstadt after being persecuted for their Lutheran Protestant faith. It belonged to his uncle, Count Louis Günther I of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, and Emilie was born there.

After the death of her father (in 1641) and mother (in 1642), she was adopted by her aunt Emilie of Oldenburg, who was also her godmother and had become the wife of Count Louis Günther. Emilie Juliane was educated at Rudolstadt with her cousins under the care of Ahasuerus Fritsch and other teachers.

On 7 July 1665, she was married to her cousin, Count Albert Anton II of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt. She was the most productive of German female hymn-writers, almost 600 hymns being attributed to her. Her hymns, such as "Wer weiß, wie nahe mir mein Ende", are full of a deep love for her Saviour. She published Geistliche Lieder, etc., Rudolstadt, 1683; Kuhlwasser in grosser Hitze des Creutzes, Rudolstadt, 1685; Tägliches Morgen- Mittags- und Abendopfer, Rudolstadt, 1685.

Her hymns ""Bis hierher hat mich Gott gebracht (EG 329) and "Wer weiß, wie nahe mir mein Ende" (EG 530) are contained in the Protestant hymnal Evangelisches Gesangbuch.

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