Volume/Folder: Hermonisches Melodeyen Buchlein uber die bekannteste Lieder im Marburger Gesang-Buch, 1781 [The Most Popular Songs from the Marburger Songbook]

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Record Number: 6916
Collection: Abraham H. Cassel collection [1610]
Volume: 23
Was donated by: Abraham Harley Cassel, 1820-1908
Date of Original: 1781
Original Format: Manuscripts
Image description: This hymn book contains the most popular songs from the Lutheran Marburger Songbook, a collection of Protestant hymns first published in 1549 and printed in the United States by Christopher Saur. The dedication page states that this volume was created for Catarina Hunsicker, who was a singer in the Birdenseher school, although the last page declares that the book belongs to Catharina Bergen, which may be her married name. The last page bears the inscription, "Hört büchlein was ich dir will sagen so dich jemand weg dragen so sprich las mich nur ligen in guter ruh." This is identical to the text on the first page of Johannes Berge's 1783 song book (also in this collection), which suggests that this volume is of his authorship as well. A "Henry Berge" has also signed his name to this volume, along with the date 1832.