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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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76               Youth's Golden Gleam
Ich kam von Alabama
Mein Banjo auf dem Knie. . . .
Son venuto dal Alabama
Con la mia chitarra al braccio. . . .
Vengo de Alabama,
Banjo en mano, es mi furor. . . .
Passibus haud pigris Alabamae prata
relinquo; In genibus porto barbiton ipse meam. . . .
As with the Gilbert and Sullivan songs, "Oh! Susanna" is a tune that persuades youth of today that the older generation were not so stodgy after all. In "Oh! Susanna" the eter­nally young Stephen Foster sings out virgini-bus puerisque, youth calling to youth across the years.
As already stated, the Kneass Opera Troupe journeyed to Cincinnati after their Pittsburgh debut and there gave a series of concerts at each of three theaters in September and October 1847. They "have fairly taken our city by storm . . . greeted with the most marked demonstrations of popular delight/' reported the Gazette.7*
Remembering the fiasco in the Pittsburgh competition, Stephen paid no attention, we

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