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rhymes, fraktur, Brilla-schmidt, beer, Spangsville, Earl Township, Oley Township, Pennsylvania Dutch dialect
A handwritten letter from John B. Prutzman addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated February 26, 1948. Within, Prutzman recalls some Pennsylvania German rhymes.
John B. Prutzman
Alfred L. Shoemaker
Spangsville Pa. Feb. 26 - 1948
Mr. Alfred L. Shoemaker I always like to read your Old Berks Folklore in the Eagle some time ago I read about the old Brillashmit I can well remember him and his little dog Roverly I have a Birth and Baptism Certificate that he filled out in 1882 when my wife was born in Earl Township but is not Fraktured just plain writing I remember to meet him at a certain place when he had some money and he said gib do Bova zwa Gloos Beer ich Bazals and later I met him when he had no money and the boys said gib Schmitty zwy glass Beer ich Bazals after a bit Augh got gib meer ust ma Ines. I can remember a few Rhymes that my Grandmother used to repeat for us when I was a young Boy, one of them is
Es fegley Hucked auf am Lada und Sphind an galer Fada de Mommy huck ol im Hinkel Hause und Sucht de Betha Hona Rause
and one was
Truss Truss drill dar Bamer Hut
es Fill Springt a weck un Bauer dar Lide im Drek. And one was
Dar Schwa is forgango
de Relt is do hee
dar Bivit is Kumma
un de Schwam sin sund gree
Now doady und Mommy now
sagt uns net ma
as boll moal widder zite
far Fissha zu ga. Over
Used to know some more but can’t remember them anymore. I like to read Pennsylvania Dutch I used to have a book printed in Penn. Dutch but don’t know what became of it wish I would have it now just for past time excuse my poor writing and spelling. If I live till next Nov. 17th I will be 80.
John B. Prutzman
English and Pennsylvania German
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Prutzman, John B., "Letter From John B. Prutzman to Alfred L. Shoemaker, February 26, 1948" (1948). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 272.
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