Lutheran Quarterly

Winter 2022 – “The Antwerp Martyrs and Luther’s First Song” by Robert J. Christman

If you asked modern Lutherans to name the first Luther hymn that came to mind, few, I wager, would propose “A New Song Here Shall be Begun,” the Reformer’s first musical work.1 Not a hymn per se, “A New Song” is a ballad, a song that narrates a story, often of a contemporary event.

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