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Gaudeamus! Humorous Poems   By: (1826-1886)

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GAUDEAMUS

Humorous Poems

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN OF

JOSEPH VICTOR SCHEFFEL

AND OTHERS.

BY

CHARLES G. LELAND.

LONDON: TRÜBNER & CO., 8 & 60, PATERNOSTER ROW. 1872.

[ All Rights reserved .]

JOHN CHILDS AND SON, PRINTERS.

CONTENTS.

Translator's Preface

Joseph Victor Scheffel. An Introductory Memoir

Granite

The Ichthyosaurus

The Tazzelworm

The Megatherium

The Basalt

The Boulder

The Comet

Guano Song

Asphaltum

The Pile Builder

Hesiod

Modern Greek

Translation

Pumpus of Perusia

The Teutoburger Battle

Old Assyrian Jonah

By the Border

Hildebrand and Hadubrand

Song of the Travelling Students

The Cloister Cellar Master's Summer Morning Song

The Maulbronn Fugue

Der Enderle Von Ketsch

The Rodenstein Ballads . The Three Villages The Welcome The Pawning The Page The Wild Army Rodenstein and the Priest Rodenstein

Heidelberg . Number Eight The Martin's Goose The Last Trousers The Last Postillion Wine of Sixty five Perkêo The Return Home

Miscellaneous . Heinz Von Stein The Holy Coat at Treves Rambambo Bibesco The Jolly Brother The Students Dress coat Ahasuerus The Song of the Widow, Clara Bakethecakes The Herring From the German Gipsy Brigand Song Die Zwei Freunde The Two Friends To the Reader

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE.

This volume contains the greater portion of the poems which constitute the Gaudeamus 'Let us be jolly' of Joseph Victor Scheffel, who is at present the most popular poet in Germany. Without being presented as such, these ballads, though complete in themselves, form in their connection a droll history of the world and of humanity advancing from the early outburst of Granite and Basalt, through the boulder of Gneiss to the Ichthyosaurus and Megatherium. Man then appears as a dweller in the pre historic Swiss Lacustrine dwelling on poles, where he bitterly bewails the misfortune of being a pioneer of civilization, and as one born before the invention of modern comforts.

'In stocks I would gladly grow wealthy, But exchange is not yet understood: A good glass of beer would be healthy, But never a drop has been brewed.'

The Early Ph[oe]nician is set forth in a droll song (originally published under the title of Jonah) which describes the disasters that befell a guest who could not pay his bill, presented in arrow head or cuneiform characters on six tiles. The old Etruscan era and that of the ancient German are also painted in a style which, could the truth be known, would probably be found as genially true to life as it is to the world old, infinite spirit of Humour, which moved man in the same measure in ancient Egypt as in modern England. In these, as in his serious poems of a more ambitious nature, Joseph Victor Scheffel manifests a remarkable insight into the inner real life of the past. Like a geologist, or poet, he infers from trivial relics the probable feelings and habits of obscure beings or races, or at least imagines them, and assimilates them to modern usages with rare tact. These ballads have been printed, sung, and imitated in Germany of late years to a great extent. Scheffel has in fact founded a school of humorous poetry that of the burlesque scientific and historical which, though by no means pretentious, has at least made the world laugh heartily... Continue reading book >>




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