History of Hymns

    Be Still My Soul

    Episode 15


    Katharina Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel, who wrote the text for this hymn, was born in Cthen, Germany, on October 22, 1697. Jane L. Borthwick translated Katharina's words into English about a century after their publication in German. Finnish composer Jean Sibelius originally wrote the music for a piece that would become a national favorite in his native land.