Item No: frk00386
Title: Birth Record for Catharine Keen
Wove paper; watercolor; ink
Leah Daughter of Andrew and \ Catharina Keen, was born March 29th \ A. D. 1818.
[in upper left corner]
2. \ [Our wasting lives grow shorter still, \ As months and days increase; \ And every beating pulse we tell, \ Leaves but the number less.
[in upper right corner]
3. \ The year rolls round and steals away \ The breath that first it gave; \ Whate’er we do, where’er we be, \ He’re trav’lling to the grave.]
[in lower left corner]
6. \ Infinite joy or endless wo \ Attends on every breath; \ And yet how unconcern’d we go \ Upon the brink of death!
[in lower right corner]
7. \ Waken, O Lord, our drowsy sense. \ To walk this dang’rous road; \ And if our souls are hurry’d hence, \ May they be found with God. \
Rare Book Department
Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The birth record in Roman script within a heart is in the lower center of the document. The verses in Roman print within rectangular frames are in the four corners. The heart is surrounded by a variety of leafy stems of flowers. Along the upper edge are three winged angel heads. The entire document is enclosed by a decorative border. At least 12 fraktur by John Zinck (Zink) are known, most of them birth records, and none of which give locations. According to Frederick S. Weiser, Lancaster County is a possible origin.
Henry S. Borneman
“John Zinck” in Russell D. and Corinne P. Earnest, Papers for Birth Dayes: Guide to the Fraktur Artists and Scriveners (East Berlin, Pa.: Russell D. Earnest Associates, 1997), 2nd ed., vol. 2, p. 835.
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[John Zinck (active c. 1815-1839)] - Decorator
[John Zinck (active c. 1815-1839)] - Scrivener