Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Joseph Beckly

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Item No: frk01169
Title: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Joseph Beckly
Scripts/Text: Fraktur
Language: German
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Wove paper; watercolor; ink
Transcription:

Geburts= und Taufschein.
Diesen beyden Ehegatten, als: Michael \ Beckly und seiner ehelichen \ Haus= \ frau Eva eine \ geborne Glasbrener ist ein Sohn \ zur Welt geboren, den 12. Tag October \ im Jahr unsers HErrn 1815. Dieser Sohn ist \ geboren in Libanon Taunschip in \ Libanon Caunty, im Staat Penn = \ sylvania in Nord-Amerika, und ist getauft worden \ und erhielt den Namen Joseph \ den 30 Tag November im \ Jahr unsers Herrn 1815 von Hrn. Pfarer Cruse \ Die Taufzeugen waren seine anstät \ Glasbrenner u. seine Ehegattin.

Ich bin getauft, ich steh im Bunde, \ Durch meine Tauf mit meinem Gott! \ So sprech ich stets mit frohem Munde, \ in Kreuz, in Trübsal, Angst und Noth. \ Ich bin getauft, des freu’ ich mich, \ Die Freude bleibt mir ewiglich.

Ich bin getauft in deinem Namen, \ Gott Vater, Sohn und heiliger Geist! \ Ich bin gezählt zu Deinem Saamen, \ Zum Volk, das Dir geheiligt heißt. \ O! welch ein Glück ward dadurch mein, \ Herr, laß mich dessen würdig seyn!

Ich bin getauft, ob ich gleich sterbe, \ Was schadet mir das kühle Grab? \ Ich weiß mein Vaterland und Erbe, \ Das ich bey Gott im Himmel hab: \ Nach meinem Tod ist mir bereit, \ Des Himmels Freud’ und Feyer=Kleid.

Carlisle, 1826—Gedruckt und zu haben bey Moser u. Peters.

[on eagle’s banner]
E PLURIBUS UNUM

[in upper left]
Wann wir kaum gebohren werden \ Ist vom ersten Lebenstritt \ Bis ins kühle Grab der Erden, \ Nur ein Kurtz gemeß’ner Schritt. \ Ach! mit jedem Augenblick \ Gehet unsre Kraft zurück; \ Und wir sind mit jedem Jahre, \ Alle reif zur Todten= Bahre.

[in upper right]
O! wer weiß, in welcher Stunde, \ Uns die letzte Stimme weckt: \ Denn Gott hat’s mit seinem Munde \ Keinem Menschen noch entdeckt. \ Wer sein Haus nun wohlbestellt: \ Geht mit Freuden aus der Welt: \ Da die Sicherheit hingegen, \ Ewiges Sterben kann erregen.
 


Translation:

Birth and Baptismal Certificate
To these two married people, namely Michael Beckly and his lawful wife Eva, a born Glasbrener, a son was born into the world on the 12th of October in the year of our Lord 1815. This son was born in Lebanon Township, in Lebanon County, in the state of Pennsylvania, in North America, and was baptized and received the name Joseph on the 30th day of November in the year of our Lord 1815 from Mr. Cruse. The sponsors were his Anstät Glasbrenner and his wife.

I am baptized, I stand united with my God through my baptism. I therefore always speak joyfully in hardship, sadness, fear and need. I am baptized, that’s a joy for me. The joy lasts eternally.

I am baptized in your name, God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I am counted as one of your seeds, to a people that you blessed. O! What fortune for me! Lord, let me be worthy of it!

I am baptized, and when I die, how can the cool grave hurt me? I know my fatherland and legacy that I will have with God in Heaven. After death, Heaven’s garment of joy and celebration is prepared for me.

Carlisle, 1826—Printed and to be had from Moser and Peters.

[on eagle’s banner]
E pluribus unum.

[in upper left]
Scarcely born into the world, it is only a short measured pace from the first step to the cool grave in the earth. O with every moment! Our strength diminishes, and with every year we grow more ripe for the bier.

[in upper right]
And who knows in what hour the final voice will awaken us, because God has not revealed this to anybody yet. Who tends to his house will depart from the world with joy. Because surety, in contrast, can provoke eternal death.

 


Category: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein)
Media Type: Letterpress Prints
Source: Rare Book Department
Notes:

Hand--lettered; color printing; printed form. The central text and three verses in Fraktur are within a frame in the center of the document. Two additional verses within rectangular frames are in the upper corners. The main text is flanked by two large inward-facing angels with harps, one holding a wreath and the other with a bird. Below the main text are two baskets and three bouquets of flowers. A spread-winged eagle, with a banner in its beak, is in the upper center. In each of the lower corners are two birds perched on a leafy tree. An urn with flowers is above the verses in the center. The entire document is framed by a decorative border.


Associated Names: Peters, Gustav S.
Bibliography:

Klaus Stopp, The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans (East Berlin, Pa.: Russell D. Earnest Associates, 1997) vol. 2, p. 29.



Creation Place Town/Township: Region/County:Cumberland
City/Town/Township:Carlisle
State/Province:Pennsylvania
Creation Place Note:Based on location of printshop

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1826
Image Dimensions Width: 40.6 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 1169
Creator Name: Johann B. Moser (1800-1874) - Printer/Publisher
Gustav S. Peters (1793-1847) - Printer/Publisher
Anonymous - Scrivener

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