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Sample 3 - Old German Handwriting



Barthold Heinrich Brockes, Stammbuchblatt - Friendship Album Sheet

18th century



Original handwriting
German transcription
Der Mensch.
Ob es vieleicht, durch Stoltz verführt, den meisten Menschen nicht so scheinet;
so ist der Mensch doch in der That nichts anders, als ein Thier, das meynet.
Es meynt der Mensch in allen Dingen, in allem was er denckt und spricht,
die Meynung geht bey ihm so weit, daß er offt meynt, er meyne nicht.

Barthold Heinrich Brockes. lt.
Com. Palat: Crs[?]: Raths Herr der
Kayserl. frey Reichs=Stadt Hamburg
und Amt Mann zu Ritzebüttel

English translation
The Human.
It may perhaps, by pride deceived, to most of humans not appear;
the human still is truth be told none but an animal opining.
The human opines on any matter, in everything he thinks and speaks,
opining goes with him so far he oft opines he opineth not.

Barthold Heinrich Brockes. lt.[?]
Comte Palatine; Crs[?]; Councilman
Imperial free City Hamburg
and Administrator of Ritzebüttel



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