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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vol. XII: German
 
Pope and Sultan
Students’ Songs
 
THE POPE he leads a happy life;
He fears not married care nor strife;
He drinks the best of Rhenish wine—
I would the Pope’s gay lot were mine.
 
CHORUS
He drinks the best of Rhenish wine—
        5
I would the Pope’s gay lot were mine.
 
But then, all happy’s not his life;
He has not maid nor blooming wife,
Nor child has he to raise his hope—
I would not wish to be the Pope.        10
 
The Sultan better pleases me;
His is a life of jollity;
His wives are many as his will—
I would the Sultan’s throne then fill.
 
But even he’s a wretched man;        15
He must obey his Alcoran;
And dares not drink one drop of wine—
I would not change his lot for mine.
 
So, then, I’ll hold my lowly stand,
And live in German fatherland;        20
I’ll kiss my maiden fair and fine,
And drink the best of Rhenish wine.
 
Whene’er my maiden kisses me,
I’ll think that I the Sultan be;
And when my cheery glass I tope,        25
I’ll fancy then I am the Pope.
 
 
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