Johann Rudolf Wyss

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Johann Rudolf Wyss German pronunciation: [ˈjoːhan ˈruːdɔlf ˈviːs] (4 March 1782 – 21 March 1830) was a Swiss author, writer, and folklorist who wrote the words to the former Swiss national anthem Rufst Du, mein Vaterland in 1811, and also edited the novel The Swiss Family Robinson, written by his father Johann David Wyss, published in 1812.[1]


In 1805, Wyss became the professor of philosophy at Bern's academy. He later became the chief librarian of Bern's city library. He died in Bern.[1]

Together with Gottlieb Jakob Kuhn he edited the periodical Alpenrosen.


  • Vorlesungen über das höchste Gut ("Lectures on the highest good", 2 vols., Tübingen, 1811)
  • Idyllen, Volkssagen, Legend und Erzählungen aus der Schweiz ("Idylls, folk tales, legends, and stories from Switzerland", 3 vols., 1815–22; partly translated into French in Mme. de Montolieu's Châteaux suisses, 1816)
  • Reise im Berner Oberland ("Travels in the Bern highlands", 1808; French translation, Voyage dans l'Oberland bernois, 2 vols., Bern, 1817)



  • Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Wyss, Johann Rudolf" . Encyclopedia Americana.
  • Ripley, George; Dana, Charles A., eds. (1879). "Wyss, Johann Rudolf" . The American Cyclopædia.

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