Original Format: Manuscripts, Drawings › Pen and Pencil
Image description: This Ephrata Cloister volume contains more lyrics than the other three Conrad Beissel hymn books: where the others only provide the title or first line, this volume provides lyrics for the entire hymn. The much later cover of this volume declares that it was made in memory of Sister Martha (Zum Andenken an Schwester Martha), but there is nothing in the text to associate this volume with her. One of the other Ephrata hymn books with the same hymns -- Mittel Buch bestehend in allerley angenehmen Melodies (Volume 14) -- does, however, contain a page with a dedication to Sister Martha. This is the most elaborate and colorful of the Ephrata community hymn books.