Leserlin, Georg (16th century)
Georg (Jörg) Leserlin (Leslin), of Ingersheim, Besigheim district of Wurttemberg, Germany, was an Anabaptist preacher who had very early—the Passau records say in 1535 at the age of ten, which is impossible—baptized Margarete, the wife of Hans of Schüchtern, and together with Hans Schmidt he wrote the song, "O Herre Gott vom Himmelreich, Merkt auff und sich die worte," which deals with the persecution of the believers. Leserlin was imprisoned in Stuttgart in 1533, because he had been misled by "perverted people and cunningly devised booklets," but in consideration of his youth, simplicity, and his willingness to recant, he was released after instruction by experienced and learned men, and most humbly thanked all who had helped in his conversion. Young Leserlin was probably the son of the Leserlin who had died in prison. According to the Passau court records Georg also died in prison; hence it must be assumed that he again joined the Anabaptists, was put into prison, and died there.
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