Item No: frk01187
Title: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Levellen Aaron Hottenstein
Fraktur; Roman print
Wove paper; ink
Birth and Baptism.
To these Parents \ Nathan Hottenstein, \ and his Wife Mary Mautaue, \ a daughter of Aaron Wenner \ was born a Boy on the 14th day of \ June in the year of our Lord 1881 \ This Boy was born in Lower Saucon \ County of Northampton \ State of Pennsylvania in North America, and \ was baptized on the 24th day of July in the year \ of our Lord 1881 by the Rev. Rev: R. C. Wenner \ and received the name \ Levellen Aaron, \ WITNESS PRESENT: \ Parents.
August Baumann \ 2th June 1882
[above central text]
“Permit them to approach,” he cries, \ “Nor scorn their humble name; \ For ‘twas to bless such souls as these, \ The Lord of angels came.”
We bring them, Lord, with thankful hearts \ And yield them up to thee; \ Joyful that we ourselves are thine, \ Thine may our offspring be,
Behold what condescending love \ Jesus on earth displays! \ To babes and sucklings he extends \ The riches of his grace!
He still the ancient promise keeps, \ To our forefathers giv’n: \ Young children in his arms he takes \ And calls them heirs of heav’n.
[below central text]
When life tempestuous storms are o’ver, \ How calm he meets the friendly shore, \ Who liv’d averse from sin! \ Such peace on virtue’s path attends, \ That, where the sinner’s pleasure ends, \ The Christian’s joys begin.
No sorrow drowns his lifted eyes; \ No horror wrests the struggling sighs, \ As from the sinner’s breast: \ His God, the God of peace and love, \ Pours kindly solace from above, \ And fills soul with rest.
O grant my Saviour, and my friend! \ Such joy may gild my peaceful end, \ So calm my ev’ning close, \ While loos’d from ev’ry earthly tie, \ With steady confidence I fly \ To Thee, from whom I rose!
Kindly receive this tender branch, \ And form his soul for God; \ Baptize him with the spirit, Lord, \ And wash him with thy blood. \ Thus to their parents and their seed, \ Let thy salvation come!
Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein)
Rare Book Department
Hand-lettered; printed form; color printing. The main text in Fraktur and Roman print within a frame in the shape of a scroll is in the center of the document. The verses in Roman print are above and below the main text. . The scroll is held by two angels in belted robes. Above them are two birds of paradise. In the upper center is a vignette of an infant's baptism. The baby is held by a man over the baptismal font, while the minister performs the baptism. Two women and another man look on. In the lower corners of the document are two images. On the left is Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist. On the right is Jesus blessing the children.
Wenner, R. C.
Klaus Stopp, The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans (East Berlin, Pa.: Russell D. Earnest Associates, 1997) vol. 1, p. 240.
Secondary Place Town/Township:
Geographic Coverage Region/County:Northampton
Geographic Coverage City/Town/Township:Lower Saucon Township
Geographic Coverage Note:Based on location of birth
Geographic Coverage State/Province:Pennsylvania
Creation Place Town/Township:
Creation Place Note:Based on location of printshop
Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin):
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August Baumann - Scrivener
Edmund Leisenring (active c. 1861-1882) - Printer/Publisher
Benjamin Trexler (active c. 1870-1893) - Printer/Publisher