I have been baptized–even if I die
How can the cold grave do me harm?
I know my homeland and my inheritance
Which I have with God in heaven.
After I die, there is prepared for me
The joy of heaven and robes of glory.
I have been baptized–I stand in covenant
through my baptism with my God,
So say I always with glad lips
In crosses, tribulation, trouble and need:
I have been baptized, and I rejoice in that–
The joy remains forever.
– from a 1781 Baptismal Certificate in Pennsylvania found at the Hershey Museum