Jan Amos KOMENSKÝ - life, work, legacy



Letzte Posaun über Deutschland, die in verdammliche Sicherheit versunkene Welt vom Sündenschlaf aufzuwecken, und dadurch entweder der nu aufs neue herbeiwälzenden Sündflut zu entgehen, oder ja die Seele vor ewigem Untergang zu retten. Von einem heimlich seufzenden Jeremia J. C. an die sämtliche in dem deutschen Jerusalem, Regensburg, versammlete Chur- und Fürsten, ja alle Reichsstände und Städte gesandt. Im Jahr Christi 1664


The last clarion call over Germany, to awaken a world sunken in insouciance, which leads to damnation, from its sinful slumber, through doing so either to escape from the new waves of sins now rolling in, or to save souls from the eternal Pit. Sent in secret by the wailing Jeremiah J.K. to all in the German Jerusalem, Regensburg, the assembled Electors and Princes and to all the Imperial Estates and Cities. In the year of Christ 1664


Origin of the work:
  1663 Amsterdam

  1663 Amsterdam

1664 two editions, places not given

1974 Prague, J. A. Comenii Opera omnia, vol. 13



A call to the German Imperial Diet to assure civil and religious accord, arising out of the threat of the Turkish menace. Through this open appeal the author seeks to persuade the participants in the Imperial Diet meeting at Regensburg to discuss the options for assuring civil and religious accord in the land. Only an internally united and well-run state will have the strength to withstand a gathering danger from without - Turkish expansionism. He considers the uncertain situation in contemporary Germany and supports his arguments with the words of the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah, not uncommonly with the declarations of Luther regarding the Turkish menace, and also with two new prophecies by Meliš on the future of European nations (cf. Štěpán Meliš).

While Comenius’ authorship is contentious, the construction and style of the treatise are clearly in his favour.


For further study, see also:

J. A. Comenii Opera omnia, vol. 13. Prague 1974, pp139-143

J. V. Novák & J. Hendrich, Jan Amos Komenský, jeho život a spisy. Prague 1932, pp618-619

Jan Kumpera, Jan Amos Komenský, poutník na rozhraní věků. Prague & Ostrava 1992, p260




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