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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
Heinz von Stein
Joseph Victor von Scheffel (1826–1886)
Translated by C. G. Leland

OUTRODE from his wild dark castle
  The terrible Heinz von Stein:
He came to the door of a tavern,
  And gazed at the swinging sign.
He sat himself down at a table,        5
  And growled for a bottle of wine;
Up came, with a flask and a corkscrew,
  A maiden of beauty divine.
Then, seized with a deep love-longing,
  He uttered, “O, damosell mine,        10
Suppose you just give a few kisses
  To the valorous Ritter von Stein.”
But she answered, “The kissing business
  Is entirely out of my line;
And I certainly will not begin it        15
  On a countenance ugly as thine.”
O, then the bold knight was angry,
  And cursed both coarse and fine;
And asked, “How much is the swindle
  For your sour and nasty wine?”        20
And fiercely he rode to the castle,
  And sat himself down to dine;
And this is the dreadful legend
  Of the terrible Heinz von Stein.

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