A heart which Renounces World and Time (Ein Herz das Welt und Zeit verachtet)

A heart which Renounces World and Time (Ein Herz das Welt und Zeit verachtet)

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Item No: frk00710
Title: A heart which Renounces World and Time (Ein Herz das Welt und Zeit verachtet)
Scripts/Text: Fraktur
Language: German
Weiser Number: 278
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink
Watermark: Crown

[left column]
Ein Hertz das \ Welt und Zeit veracht \ und lässt sein Gutes \ Sich aldorten werde \ der hat sehr glük= \ lich über nacht; \ Weil er gelebet \ Hier auf Erden. \ 

[right column]
Drum setz ich \ meine Reise an, \ zu holen ein \ was dort wird \ seyn zu hoffen: \ Am End der Rauhen Pilger= \ Bahn! \ Ist mir mein \ Ziel getroffen. \


[left column]
A heart which renounces world and time and allows his good self to be here has much happiness tomorrow, because he lived here on earth. 

[right column]
Therefore I begin my journey to gather what is there to hope for. At the end of the rough pilgrim’s path my goal will be reached.

Category: Religious Text
Media Type: Manuscripts
Source: Rare Book Department

Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text in Fraktur is in two columns along the sides of the document. Below it are two birds on branches. In the center of the document is a framed image of a bearded pilgrim with a walking stick. He is surrounded in the background by fields, trees and houses. A hand-colored bird is in one of the trees. The image is set upon a pedestal. The entire document is surrounded by a decorative frame.


The central panel of this drawing depicts a pilgrim, and is the only known manuscript broadside from the Ephrata Cloister of the 18th century to depict a human figure.

Provenance: Henry S. Borneman


Cynda L. Benson, Early American Illuminated Manuscripts from the Ephrata Cloister (Northampton, Mass.: Smith College Museum of Art, 1995); published as fig. 13.

Creation Place Town/Township: Creation Place Note:Based on design characteristics

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): ca. 1750
Image Dimensions Width: 18 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 710
Creator Name: Anonymous [Ephrata Cloister] - Decorator
Anonymous [Ephrata Cloister] - Scrivener

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