On this day in 1546, Martin Luther died at Eisleben, his home town. He was 62.
Click http://www.amazon.com/Celebrating-Saints-Devotional-Readings-Days/dp/0819218839/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1297995258&sr=1-1> here for "A Reading from Martin Luther's preface to the first volume of Latin writings, published in 1545", from Celebrating the Saints: Devotional Readings for Saints' Days, by Christopher L. Webber and Robert Atwell, Morehouse Publishing, 2001. Search term: Martin Luther. See pages 70-72.
PBS's fascinating two-part program, "Martin Luther", narrated by Liam Neeson, may be viewed on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhCZdqRkgNo> YouTube in twelve parts of ten minutes each. Part 11, on Luther's hatred of peasants and Jews is particularly instructive.
"Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen."