Excerpt from The Golden Legend: Adapted From the Poem of Longfellow and Set to Music
Pumas henry, of Hoheneck, lying sick in body and mind at his Castle of Vauts berg, on the Rhine, has consulted the famous physicians of Salerno, and learned that he can be cured only by the b... lood of a maiden who shall, of her own free will, consent to die for his sake. Regarding the remedy as impossible, the Prince gives way to despair, when he is visited by Lucifer, disguised as a travelling physician. The Fiend tempts him with alcohol to the fascination of which he ultimately yields in such measure as to be deprived of place and power, and driven forth as an outcast.
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