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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vol. XII: German
 
Credo
Students’ Songs
 
FOR the sole edification
Of this decent congregation,
Goodly people, by your grant
I will sing a holy chant,
    I will sing a holy chant.        5
If the ditty sound but oddly,
’Twas a father, wise and godly,
    Sang it so long ago.
Then sing as Martin Luther sang:
“Who loves not woman, wine, and song,        10
Remains a fool his whole life long!”
 
He, by custom patriarchal,
Loved to see the beaker sparkle;
And he thought the wine improved,
Tasted by the lips he loved,        15
Friends, I wish this custom pious
Duly were observed by us,
    To combine love, song, wine,
And sing as Martin Luther sang,        20
“Who loves not woman, wine, and song,
Remains a fool his whole life long!”
 
Who refuses this our Credo,
And who will not sing as we do,        25
I’d pronounce him heterodox,
    I’d pronounce him heterodox,
And from out this congregation,
With a solemn commination,        30
Who’ll not sing as Luther sang,
As Doctor Martin Luther sang:
“Who loves not woman, wine, and song,
Remains a fool his whole life long!”        35
 
 
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