Septenary

We aren't inclined to mysticism, especially of the numerological kind, but we do feel a sort of affinity with those who find that the important things come in sevens. So we were amused and inspired by James Hadley's 1858 essay on The Number Seven, even to the extent of rescuing it from the library stacks (where our copy had languished unread for thirty years or more) and giving it a home on the web where sympathetic souls will perhaps be more likely to find it.

April 4, 2006 in Sevens | Comments (0)

Die Sieben Schwaben

Seven Swabians

Seven Swabians, woodcut ca. 1881
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These Swabians have been found worthy of notice here for there being seven of them, for posing so delightfully to have their likeness limned, and for appearing in an 1881 book of German folktales once owned by the Austrian-born literary historian Leo Spitzer, who bought it at the antiquarian firm of Gilhofer & Ranschburg in Vienna.

The Seven Swabians of the Brothers Grimm is only one version of the tale. A Swabian site devoted to Die Sieben Schwaben and their literary adventures over the last five hundred years begins with the musical version of the Meistersinger and shoemaker of Nuremburg, Hans Sachs (1494-1576).

Taste of the Pennsylvanian German dialect via a poem by John Birmelin (1873-1950) about the Siwwe Schwowe (don't worry, there's a translation). More Birmelin at Mammi Gans.

May 18, 2005 in Sevens | Comments (0)