Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII. 1876–79.



By Walther von der Vogelweide (c. 1170–c. 1230)

Translated by A. E. Kroeger

THEY told me much of Tegernsee:

How great its hospitality.

Then turned I more than one mile from the highway.

—Truly I am a curious man,

That I myself so little plan,

And far too much let other people dictate my way.

—I ’ll scold them not; God bless and make us better!

They gave me water.

Thus, foolish plotter,

I turned from the Monk’s table simply wetter.