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THE

STUDENT LIFE OF GERMANY.

THE

STUDENT LIFE OF GERMANY:

BY WILLIAM HOWITT. AUTHOR OF "THE RURAL LIFE OF ENGLAND," "BOOK OF THE SEASONS," ETC.

FROM THE UNPUBLISHED MS. OF DR. CORNELIUS.

CONTAINING NEARLY FORTY OF THE

MOST FAMOUS STUDENT SONGS.

[Illustration]

THINK OFT, YE BRETHREN; THINK OF THE GLADNESS OF OUR YOUTHFUL PRIME, IT COMETH NOT AGAIN, THAT GOLDEN TIME!

The Commers Book.

PHILADELPHIA: CAREY AND HART. MDCCCXLII.

C. Sherman &, Co. Printers, 19 St. James Street

"How shall I call thee, thou high, thou rough, thou noble, thou barbaric, thou loveable, unharmonious, song full, repelling, yet refreshing life of the Burschen years? How shall I describe you, ye golden hours, ye choral songs of brotherly love? What tone shall I give to you to make myself understood? What colours to thee, thou never comprehended chaos? I shall describe thee? Never! Thy ludicrous outside lies open; the layman sees that; one can describe that to him; but thy inner and lovely ore, the miner only knows who goes singing with his brethren into the deep shaft. He brings up gold; pure, solid gold; be it much or little, it is still of high value. But this is not his whole booty. What he sees there, he may not describe to the layman: it were all too strange, and too precious for his ear. There are spirits in the deep that no other ear can comprehend; no other eye perceive. Music floats through those halls, which to every uninitiated ear sounds empty and unmeaning. But to him who has felt with it and sung with it, it gives a peculiar consecration; when he, moreover, smiles over the hole in his cap which he has brought back with him as a symbol.

"Old Grandfather! now know I what thou undertook when thou held thy annual, solitary, intercalary day! Thou too hadst thy companions in the days of thy youth, and the water stood in thy gray eyelashes when thou marked one in thy stambook as entombed."

Hauff's Rathskeller in Bremen .

PREFACE.

We have had various peeps and snatches of the Student life of Germany, from time to time, in our periodicals, but we have nothing like a complete, and faithful account of it. Some of those accounts too, are by English writers, who had at best but a partial and passing view of this singular state of existence, and could not, however much they might have seen of it, enter into it and comprehend it with the fulness of apprehension and feeling which a native possesses. When I, therefore, was thrown, on my first visit to Germany, into the midst of its students, I began to inquire for a volume written by a German, which should lay open the whole interior of that, whose surface was so strange and so picturesque. I was told that no such thing, of any value or completeness existed, and that, indeed, the students themselves were jealous of the laws and customs of their ancient Burschendom being laid open to the public. Yet, finding myself amongst those whose knowledge and talents most entirely qualified them for making this exposition, I did not cease till I had prevailed on one of the most gifted to undertake the task, assisted by the experience of friends, who, like himself, had passed through the mysteries of this singular life. The present volume is the result; and I present it to the public with the confident assurance, that whatever they may think of the portraiture, they may depend upon its faithfulness... Continue reading book >>




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