Origin of the work:
May 30th – June 5th 1632, Leszno
1961 Prague, in: Archiv pro bádání o životě a díle J. A. Komenského (Acta Comeniana), 20, 1961, no. 1, pp44-50
1983 Prague, J. A. Comenii Opera omnia, vol. 4
A song composed for the funeral of Jan Cyrill, as his testament and farewell to those mentioned in the title.
Jan Cyrill was a conspicuous figure in the Czech evangelical world. He was a member of the Prague Lower Consistory, a preacher at the Bethlehem Chapel, and one of the four elders (seniors) of the Unity of Brethren. On November 4th he crowned Frederick V of the Palatinate King of Bohemia, for which reason his was one of the first names on the list of post-White Mountain expellees.
Comenius was related to Jan Cyrill – the latter’s daughter Marie Dorota was Comenius’ second wife. To honour his father-in-law, who was buried on June 6th, 1632, Comenius composed this song, which begins with the words “S světem se již žehnaje” (“Upon the world his blessing”). Externally the blessing is a typical commemorative flyer, which was probably intended for distribution among the funeral guests. That this is one of Comenius’ compositions was recognised by F. M. Bartoš.
For further study, see also:
F. M. Bartoš, Zapomenuté dílko Komenského. Časopis Českého musea, 102, 1928, pp94-95
J. A. Comenii Opera omnia, vol. 4. Prague 1983, pp339-341
Jan Kumpera, Jan Amos Komenský, poutník na rozhraní věků. Prague & Ostrava 1992, p316