Charles Follen Adams

American poet

Charles Follen Adams (1842–1918) was an American poet. In 1872, he began writing humorous verses for periodicals and newspapers in a Pennsylvania German dialect.


  • I haf von funny leedle poy
    Vot comes schust to mine knee;
    Der queerest schap, der createst rogue,
    As ever you dit see.
    He runs und schumps and schmashes dings
    In all barts off der house:
    But vot off dot? He vas mine son,
    Mine leedle Yawcob Strauss.
    • "Yawcob Strauss", in Yawcob Strauss, and Other Poems (1876), p. 11.
  • " Tis plain to me
    As A B C,
    My dear friend, Mr. Neff!"
    "Oh, yes! but then,"
    Says Mr. N ,
    "You know I'm D E F!"
    • "Yawcob Strauss", in Yawcob Strauss, and Other Poems (1876), p. 69.


  • If an S and an I and an O and a U
    With an X at the end spell Su;
    And an E and a Y and an E spell I,
    Pray what is a speller to do?
    Then, if also an S and an I and a G
    And an HED spell side,
    There's nothing much left for a speller to do
    But to go commit siouxeyesighed.
    • An Orthographic Lament; although Adams had published at least one poem playing on the pronunciation of the word Sioux, no firm evidence supports his authorship of this work.

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