Johann Jakob Jägle

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Johann Jakob Jägle (born on March 16, 1763 in Strasbourg ; died on October 21, 1837 there ) was a German poet, storyteller, translator and author of spiritual writings.


Jägle was the son of the postilion Jakob Jägle and Anna Katharina, geb. Heiligenstein. He enrolled on 29 September 1780 the University of Strasbourg , was there on September 12, 1782 candidate of philosophy, 1785/1786 to master his doctorate and put on 1 July 1786 the theological examination in. He was not opposed to the French Revolution , but stayed from 1789 to 1803 as a tutor to wealthy families outside France. During this time he lived in various places in Switzerland, Bavaria, Tyrol and Italy, in particular he accompanied the family of the Englishman Richard Wynne on their journey through Italy, which visited Venice , Padua , Florence , Elba and above all Naples . The daughter Elizabeth Wynne Fremantle (1778–1857) wrote an extensive diary about this trip. From Naples, Jägle sent some poems to Friedrich Schiller , who included The Sea in his Musenalmanach for 1798 . Jägle begins relatively conventionally:

The sea is delightful and beautiful,
When its silver waves,
around the ship in the same
rhythm, swell with murmurs.

However, he then closes the poem - apparently due to corresponding experiences with Mediterranean sea storms - with a clear, somewhat reminiscent of Heine , not uncomfortable rejection:

You what lust, profession and class,
on ship and seas force,
you may
sing the pumper in the hand of the sea ​​charm!

In spite of your praise I find
no comfort in the sea;
And not for gold should it again
carry me on his back.

After his return to Alsace, Jägle held pastorships in Uhrweiler (1805-1809), Scharrachbergheim (1809-1814), Goxweiler and Burgheim (1814-1818) and Barr (1818-1826). From 1826 until his death he was pastor at the Wilhelmskirche in Strasbourg.

He was married to Margareta Salome Strohl (1783-1828). His daughter Louise Wilhelmine, called Minna, was engaged to the poet Georg Büchner , who lived from October 1831 to July 1833 in the family's apartment at 66 rue St. Guillaume. Jägle died in Strasbourg in 1837 at the age of 74.

As part of his pastoral work, Jägle wrote numerous funeral speeches and poems on weddings and deaths, including in 1828 on his deceased wife and five-year-old son (printed in 1830 in Der Cypressen-Hain ). In political casual poems such as Marie-Louise, Empress of the French, to her father when he moved against Napoleon (1813), Napoleon's procession from Elba to Paris (1815), and God's judgment or the fall from the throne (1830) as politically progressive, for Napoleon and later a thoroughly expressive poet who sided with Louis-Philippe . Of his earlier poems, those written in Italy are particularly noteworthy. Jägle also wrote some narrative texts and translated English poetry.

The plan to publish an Alsatian newspaper in 1817 did not materialize. In return, Jägle made a few contributions to Ehrenfried Stöber's short-lived magazine Alsa . At a time when Frenchization was taking off in Alsace, Jägle belonged to the relatively small group of those who clung to German as a literary language.


  • De L. Apuleio Aegyptiis mysteriis ter initiato, disp. Strasbourg 1786, digitizedhttp: //vorlage_digitalisat.test/ 3D ~ IA% 3D ~ MDZ% 3D% 0A ~ SZ% 3D ~ double-sided% 3D ~ LT% 3D ~ PUR% 3D .
  • Poems based on English originals. Regensburg 1799, digitizedhttp: //vorlage_digitalisat.test/ 3D ~ IA% 3D ~ MDZ% 3D% 0A ~ SZ% 3D ~ double-sided% 3D ~ LT% 3D ~ PUR% 3D .
  • Poems. Strasbourg 1805.
  • Preparatory sermon for the introduction of a new hymn book, delivered at Uhrweiler. Strasbourg 1808.
  • Ode to Her Majesty the Empress Queen Marie Luise of Austria. Strasbourg [1810].
  • Marie-Louise, Empress of the French, to her father when he pulled against Napoleon. Strasbourg 1813.
  • Napoleon's train from Elba to Paris. Strasbourg 1815.
  • On the death of HD Joh. Lorenz Blessig. Poem. Strasbourg [1816].
  • At the grave of the venerable Mr. Joh. Dan. Siegfried, President of the Barrer Consistory and Pastor of Heiligenstein. Strasbourg [1817].
  • Announcement [the publication of a new magazine “Alsatian Leaves for Instruction and Entertainment”]. 1817.
  • Brief outline of the history of religion and the Reformation. In the 3rd anniversary of the Reformation. Strasbourg [1817].
  • Mirza, an oriental story from the English. Strasbourg 1818.
  • Moral sheets, after the English. Strasbourg 1818.
  • Speech at the crypt of Mr. Joh. Georg Rösch, merchant in Barr. Strasbourg 1818.
  • The child prodigy or little Sebastian von Ottrott. Strasbourg [1819].
  • Autumn flowers. Prose and verse. Strasbourg 1822.
  • Sermon on the harvest and autumn feasts held the 24th winter month of 1822. Strasbourg [1822].
  • Sermon given the 23rd winter month of 1823. Strasbourg [1823].
  • Speeches at the funeral of the venerable Sophia Elisabeth Juliana Franziska Freifrau von Landsperg, b. von Bock. Spoken at Goxweiler, April 23, 1823. [1823], OCLC 494148178 .
  • Eulogy spoken [...] at the funeral of Mr. Andreas Brenner [...] Pastor of Mittelbergheim. [1823].
  • Harvest and autumn sermons for the year 1824. Strasbourg [1824].
  • Funeral speech for the death of the virgin Katherine Böckel, spoken […] February 18, 1825. Strasbourg [1825].
  • August 5, 1826 in Barr […] together with a sermon related to it. Strasbourg [1826].
  • Elegy on the unexpected passing of the good daughter, wife and mother Sophia Steinheil, born. Beck. [Strasbourg 1828].
  • To the transition into the higher world from the deserving Mr. JJ Beck, church inspector and pastor at the New Church. Monument to his friends. [Strasbourg 1829].
  • Our king. An offering of homage to Her Majesty Ludwig Philipp I, King of the Franks. Strasbourg [1830].
  • God's judgment or the fall from the throne. [Strasbourg 1830].
  • The cyprus grove. Lament and consolation at the passing of our loved ones. Poems. Strasbourg 1830.
  • Homage poem in: Homage to awe and love, offered to Dr. Isaak Haffner, at the celebration of his fiftieth preaching office, from the Protestant pastors in Straszburg. Strasbourg 1830.
  • How and why does the Christian work for the happiness of his country? Sermon on the occasion of the celebration of thanksgiving for the accession to the throne of Sr. Maj. Ludwig Philip the First King of the French, held on the 11th Sunday after Trinity, August 22nd, 1830. Strasbourg [1830].
  • Farewell and welcome to the years 1831 and 1832. Poems. Strasbourg [1831].
  • On the arrival of His Majesty Philip the First, King of the French, in Strasburg, June 18, 1831. Poem. Strasbourg 1831, OCLC 494073725 .
  • The lottery, a moral story. Strasbourg n.d. , OCLC 457442389 .


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Richard Wynne was the brother of the writer Giustiniana Wynne , who also appears in Casanova's memoirs .
  2. ^ Anne Jackson Fremantle (ed.): The Wynne diaries. 3 vols. Oxford University Press, London 1935–1940.
  3. ^ Louise Wilhelmine Jaeglé , website in the portal , accessed on August 4, 2020