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 fled 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