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Poems of Goethe

EPIGRAMS.

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In these numbers be express'd
Meaning deep, 'neath merry jest.
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TO ORIGINALS.

A FELLOW says: "I own no school or college;
No master lives whom I acknowledge;
And pray don't entertain the thought
That from the dead I e'er learnt aught."
This, if I rightly understand,
Means: "I'm a blockhead at first hand."

                                1815.