Basil L. Gildersleeve, "An Oxford Scholar," American Journal of Philology
38 (1917) 392-410 (at 402):
'Humdrum' reminds me of the plaint of a German usher. I cannot recall the exact words, but the following echo may serve as an illustration:
Humdrum, humdrum, humdrum, humdrum,
But that was long before the new methods that have made Caesar as alive as he was to Cleopatra.
My heart is woe, my brain is numb,
My mental vision's choked with gum.
I never could be made to stom-
ach Caesar's Bellum Gallicum.
In his Handbook of Latin Literature
, H.J. Rose called Caesar "one of the most unsuitable authors for a beginner that could be imagined."