495 years ago today, in 1525, the Swiss Anabaptist Movement was founded when Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptized each other, breaking a thousand-year tradition of church-state union. (Historical Calendar https://goo.gl/TDME3p )
Below is a hymn by Felix Manz, who was martyred for his faith by drowning in Lake Zurich in January of 1527, becoming the first casualty of the Zurich council’s edict that made adult rebaptism punishable by drowning.
Here is the hymn in German and in English:
Mit Lust so will ich singen
Mein Herz freut sich in Gott
Der mir viel Kunst thut bringen,
Dasz ich entrinn dem Tod
Der ewiglich nimmet kein End.
Ich preiz dich Christ vom Himmel,
Der mir mein Kummer wend.
With gladness will I now sing;
My heart delights in God,
Who showed me such forbearance
That I from death was saved
Which never hath an end.
I praise Thee, Christ in heaven
Who all my sorrow changed.
I am grateful for my forbears and the faith passed down to me by my family.
May I be as courageous.