In 1706 G.W. Goebel published Christian Juncker's book on medallions and medals commemorating Dr. Martin Luther.
In the part of the book where he describes the medals that depict Katharina Luther he includes the below poem attributed to M. Balthassar Mencius that describes her life.
Read the poem in English or in German.
I am known as Katharina von Bora
born in the lands of Meissen
of an old and noble line.
Like my ancestors of past
serving God and the Roman Empire
with honor and glory.
As I came of age
I accepted a life of virtue
while everyone was enamored
with the Pope and his den of monks.
And highly regarded were the nuns.
I was sent to the cloister Nimbschen.
I observed there both honor and duty.
I called to God, and prayed day and night
for the welfare of all Christendom.
God heard me and was pleased.
Doctor Luther, the courageous hero
Was selected as my husband
to whom I in a virtuous marriage
bore three sons and daughters.
I lived as a widow for seven years
after the death of my lord.
And in the lovely city of Torgau
my body was buried;
awaiting the trumpet call
when all the dead will rise.
Then, with my lord (husband),
I shall sing and praise God eternally;
and with those who are chosen
live joyfully, eternally.
Katharina Luther (born von Bora)
oil on wood
by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1528
Some Facts About Katharina Luther (born von Bora)
1499: Born January 29, in Lippendorf Germany (near Leipzig)
1504: After motherís death placed in the convent of Brehna
1509: Entered the nunnery in Nimbschen near Grimma
1515: Ordained a nun; First contact with the writings of Martin Luther
1523: Escape from nunnery to Wittenberg
1525: Married to Dr. Martin Luther
1546: Death of Dr. Martin Luther, February 18.
1552: Escape to Torgau from the pest, death on December 20.