by Anton Schels (1857 - 1893)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Weinlegende
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Pannonien und Noricum, 
Einst Heimstatt der Teutonen
Bezwangen noch im Alterthum 
Die Römerlegionen; 
Vom Rhein bis an der Donau Strand 
Baut Kaiser Probus Schanzen, 
Und ließ darauf von Kriegerhand
Die ersten Reben pflanzen.
Bei Parendorf da fanden schon
Der Alemannen Enkel 
Ein bauchig Ding, aus feinem Thon, 
Mit übergroßem Henkel. 
Die Inschrift d'rauf erwies es klar --
Kein Forscher kann's negiren --
Daß Kaiser Probus selber war 
Ein Freund vom Weinprobiren. 
Es cultivirten dann den Wein 
Nachfolgende Geschlechter. -- -- 
Wer heut' ein braver Mann will sein, 
Darf sein kein Weinverächter,
Muß trinken früh, muß trinken spat 
Und singen frohe Weisen,
Des Kaisers culturelle That
Nach deutscher Art zu preisen.

Confirmed with Fliegende Blätter, 95. Band (1892), Nro. 2414, page 153.


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Wine‑legend
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Pannonia and Noricum,
Once the homeland of the Teutons,
Was in olden times already conquered
By the legions of the Romans;
From the Rhine to the banks of the Danube
The emperor Probus built ramparts
And by the hand of warriors
He had the first grapevines planted.
Near Parendorf the grandchildren
Of the Alemanni already found
A bulbous thing, fashioned from fine clay,
With an oversized handle.
The inscription upon it clearly proved --
No scholar can deny it --
That Emperor Probus himself was
Fond of sampling wine.
Wine grapes were then cultivated
By subsequent generations. -- --
He who wishes to be an honest man these days,
May not be a scorner of wine;
He must drink early, he must drink late,
And [must] sing joyful tunes
In order to praise the emperor’s cultured act
In a German manner.

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