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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Charles Godfrey Leland (1824–1903)

Hans Breitmann’s Party

HANS BREITMANN gife a barty;

Dey had biano-blayin’:

I felled in lofe mit a Merican Frau,

Her name vas Madilda Yane.

She hat haar as prown ash a pretzel,

Her eyes vas himmel-plue,

Und ven dey looket indo mine,

Dey shplit mine heart in two.

Hans Breitmann gife a barty:

I vent dere, you’ll pe pound.

I valzet mit Madilda Yane

Und vent shpinnen round und round.

De pootiest Fräulein in de house,

She vayed ’pout dwo hoondred pound,

Und efery dime she gife a shoomp

She make de vindows sound.

Hans Breitmann gife a barty:

I dells you it cost him dear.

Dey rolled in more ash seven kecks

Of foost-rate lager beer,

Und venefer dey knocks de shpicket in

De Deutschers gifes a cheer.

I dinks dat so vine a barty

Nefer coom to a het dis year.

Hans Breitmann gife a barty:

Dere all vas Souse und Brouse;

Ven de sopper comed in, de gompany

Did make demselfs to house.

Dey ate das Brot and Gensy broost,

De Bratwurst and Braten fine,

Und vash der Abendessen down

Mit four parrels of Neckarwein.

Hans Breitmann gife a barty,

We all cot troonk as bigs.

I poot mine mout to a parrel of bier,

Und emptied it oop mit a schwigs.

Und denn I gissed Madilda Yane

Und she shlog me on de kop,

Und de gompany fited mit daple-lecks

Dill de coonshtable made oos shtop.

Hans Breitmann gife a barty—

Where ish dat barty now?

Where ish de lofely golden cloud

Dat float on de moundain’s prow?

Where ish de himmelstrahlende Stern—

De shtar of de shpirit’s light?

All goned afay mit de lager beer—

Afay in de ewigkeit!