Sigmund von Birken
1626–1681
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May 5, 1626, Wild­stein (near Eger), Bo­he­mia (now Skal­ná, Karlovy Vary, Czechia).

June 12, 1681, Nur­em­berg, Ger­ma­ny.

Jo­han­nis­fried­hof, Nur­em­berg, Ger­ma­ny.

Sigismund was the son of son of Dan­i­el Be­tu­li­us (or Birk­en), pastor of Wild­stein.

In 1629, his father and other evangelical pastors were forced to flee Bo­he­mia, and went to Nur­em­berg. After attending the Egi­dien-Gym­na­si­um at Nur­em­berg, Sig­is­mund entered the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Je­na in 1643, where he studied law and theology, the latter at his father’s dying request.

Before finishing either course of study, he returned to Nur­em­berg in 1645, and due to his poetical gifts was admitted to the Peg­nitz Shepherd and Flower Order.

At the close of 1645, he was appointed tutor at Wolf­en­büt­tel to the Princess of Bruns­wick-Lü­ne­burg, but after a year (during which he was crowned as a poet), he resigned the post.

After a tour when he was admitted by Phil­ipp von Ze­sen as a member of the Ger­man Society (or Patriotic Union), he returned to Nur­em­berg in 1648, and worked as a private tutor.

In 1654, Emperor Fer­din­and III en­o­bled him, on account of his poetic gifts. In 1658, he joined the Fruit­bear­ing Society, and on the death of Hars­dörf­fer in 1662, became Chief Shepherd of the Peg­nitz Order.

  1. Auf, auf, mein Herz und du mein ganz­er Sinn, Wirf all­es heut
  2. Jesu, deine Passion
  3. Lasset uns mit Jesu zie­hen