Help God, at all times (Hilf Gott, alle Zeit)

Help God, at all times (Hilf Gott, alle Zeit)

Item Info

Item No: frk00102
Title: Help God, at all times (Hilf Gott, alle Zeit)
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; Roman script
Language: German
Weiser Number: 140
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Wove paper; watercolor; ink

[in heart]
Hilf Gott \ alle Zeit mach uns \ bereit zur ewigen \ Freud und Se= \ ligkeit, A= \ men

[on left]
Allein \ auf Gott setz \ dein vertrau= \ en, auf men= \ schen hilf solst \ du nich bau’n \ Gott ist allein \ der Glauben hält \ sonst ist kein \ Glaub mehr in der welt

[on right]
Alles \ was mein thun \ und anfang Ist \ das gescheh im \ namen Jesu \ Christ, der stehe mir \ bey früh und \ spat Bis all \ mein Thun \ ein Ende hat.

[in script below]
Geschrieben von mir Jacob S. Bicksler \ im Jahr ANNO 1829 February 7th 1829


[in heart]
Help, Gott, at all times; make us ready for eternal joy and blessedness, Amen.

[on left]
Set your trust alone in God, don’t build on the help of people; God alone holds faith, otherwise there is no more faith in the world.

[on right]
All that is my doing and beginning shall take place in the name of Jesus Christ, who stands by me early and late, until all my doing comes to an end.

[in script below]
Written by me, Jacob S. Bicksler, in the year anno 1829 February 7th 1829 .

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

Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. A heart containing the first section of text in Fraktur is in the upper center. Below it is a large pot with flowering, leafy vines, flanked by two verses. In the upper corners are two large crowns, and in the upper center above the heart are two small ones. At the lower right is the artist’s signature and the date in Roman script. The entire document is framed by a wide checked border, which is within a sawtooth border.This is the only known fraktur by Bicksler, who was strongly influenced by the artist John William Bernthausel. Bernthausel made fraktur for people in Berks and Lancaster Counties, Pennsylvania.

Associated Names: Bixler
Provenance: Henry S. Borneman


“Jacob S. Bicksler” 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. 1, p. 102.

Henry S. Borneman, Pennsylvania German Illuminated Manuscripts (Norristown, Pa.: 1937), plate 23.

Creation Place State/Province: Creation Place Note:Based on design characteristics

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1829
Image Dimensions Width: 25.5 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 102
Creator Name: Jacob S. Bicksler (active c. 1829) - Decorator
Jacob S. Bicksler (active c. 1829) - Scrivener

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