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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. VI–IX: British
 
The University of Gottingen
By George Canning (1770–1827)
 
From “The Rovers”

WHENE’ER with haggard eyes I view
  This dungeon that I’m rotting in,
I think of those companions true
Who studied with me at the U-
    niversity of Gottingen—        5
    niversity of Gottingen!
 
Sweet kerchief, checked with heavenly blue,
  Which once my love sat notting in!
Alas! Matilda then was true!
At least I thought so at the U-        10
    niversity of Gottingen—
    niversity of Gottingen.
 
Barbs! Barbs! alas, how swift you flew,
  Her neat post-wagon trotting in!
Ye bore Matilda from my view;        15
Forlorn I languished at the U-
    niversity of Gottingen—
    niversity of Gottingen.
 
This faded form! This pallid hue!
  This blood my veins is clotting in!        20
My years are many; they were few
When first I entered at the U-
    niversity of Gottingen—
    niversity of Gottingen.
 
There, sweet, for thee my passion grew,        25
  Sweet, sweet Matilda Pottingen!
Thou wast the daughter of my tu-
tor, law professor at the U-
    niversity of Gottingen—
    niversity of Gottingen.        30
 
Sun, moon, and thou, vain world, adieu,
  That kings and priests are plotting in.
Here, doomed to starve on water gru-
el, never shall I see the U-
    niversity of Gottingen—        35
    niversity of Gottingen.
 
 
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