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Barber, Edwin Atlee, 1851-1916 / Tulip ware of the Pennsylvania-German potters : an historical sketch of the art of slip-decoration in the United States
(1903)

Chapter VII: The tulip in decoration,   pp. [91]-96


Page 96

TULIP WARE
"Was nicht zu Gottes Ehr'
Aus Glauben gelit ist Siinde;
Merck auf, 0 theures Hertz,
Verliere keine Stunde.
Die iiberkluge Welt
Versteht doch keine Waaren,
Sie sucht und findet Koth
Und last die Perle fahren."
Another inscription found on a stone house which was
built in West Cocalico township, Lancaster county, in the
year 1759, consists of this pious sentiment:
"Gott gesegne dieses Haus,
Und alle was da gehet ein und aus;
Gott gesegne alle sampt,
Und dazu das gauze Land."
According to this writer one of the earliest house inscrip-
tions of this character known in the Palatinate bears the date
1622; this curious custom of inscribing the walls of houses
obtained also in some parts of Switzerland.
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